John Wall’s rise from unknown recruit to star NBA point guard has been one of the more fun player developments to track over the last decade. Wall’s rare ability of size, speed, and explosiveness has made him one of the game’s most exciting players and the best part about it is he’s just getting started. Coming off of his first NBA All-Star appearance and a playoff run that saw him unfortunately go down with a broken wrist, Wall leads a Wizards team that many think can contend for a top seed in the East.
It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Wall since entering the professional ranks. He’s had to put in a ton of work to improve his jumper (he shot a woeful 7 percent from three during his second year in the league), and the Wiz failed to win more than 29 games in any of his first three seasons. Thankfully, Wall matured and is living up to the hype of a No. 1 draft pick. Along with backcourt mate Bradley Beal, Wall’s looking to push D.C. to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1979.
Similar to his career as a player, Wall’s sneaker history has been defined by hits and misses, but steady improvement. After being selected first overall out of Kentucky, Wall somewhat shockingly signed with Reebok to become the face of the brand’s basketball division. Known for the street credibility it earned through Allen Iverson, Reebok pumped out some decent designs for Wall but due to the Wizards’ poor play, and Wall’s shy personality and reluctance to push kicks as a rook, the partnership didn’t shake up the landscape in the way that Reebok had hoped. Fortunately for Wall, he has had a resurgence with adidas and after solidifying his spot as a legit brand endorser by landing on the 2015 cover of SLAM Presents: KICKS, he, along with Derrick Rose, James Harden, and Damian Lillard, is the one of the faces of a stacked adidas roster. This is Visuals: John Wall’s Sneaker History.
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