The NBA announced on Monday afternoon that John Wall was the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. He won the award thanks to some monster numbers, as he averaged 22.6 points, 11.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals, becoming the first player to average 22-11-4-2 over a month since Chris Paul in 2009.
It's a real testament to Wall's excellence that he received the award, even though the Wizards only went 8-8. Clearly, the people handing out the award understand just how important Wall was in keeping the team from sinking with so many players missing. Marcin Gortat missed three games in December and Bradley Beal missed all but five games last month.
As Umair Khan reminded us in Sunday's recap, no one in the NBA is shouldering a heavier load right now that John Wall. Thankfully, Wall hasn't let the odds crush him. Instead, he's responded with some of the most inspired play of career. It's anyone's guess at this point if it will be enough to help guide the Wizards back into the playoff hunt, but it's nice to see that he's being recognized for not backing down from the challenge.