Former Wizards Teammate Details Why John Wall to the Rockets is a Worthy Deal

Published 12/05/2020, 5:22 AM EST
WASHINGTON, USA – MARCH 3: John Wall (2) of Washington Wizards celebrates during the NBA match between Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors at the Verizon Center in Washington, United States on March 3, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


It seems like the end of an era, as John Wall is no longer a Washington Wizards player. The 5x All-Star has been traded to the Houston Rockets, where he will team up with James Harden. Everyone in Washington is dejected, and Wall’s former teammate mentioned how he spearheaded the roster with immense love and respect. 

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Wall spent ten years with the Wizards before he was traded. The North Carolina native earned immense love from fans during his time in D.C. and he earned a reputation among teammates as well. 

Wall’s ex-Wizards teammate Sam Dekker recently appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio and mentioned how he made him feel welcomed at the franchise. 

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WASHINGTON, USA – DECEMBER 19: John Wall (2) of Washington Wizard in action during the NBA match between Washington Wizard and New Orleans Pelicans at the Capital One Arena in Washington, USA on December 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“I love John. He was great to me. I got traded in December (2018) and it is tough being traded mid-season. I tried to fit in right away and John and Brad embraced with open arms and got me up to speed,” 26-year-old Dekker mentioned. 

Dekker fit in well with the Wizards’ system. Moreover, he really developed a wonderful relationship with John Wall in his brief stint with the franchise. 

“John and I gelled really well because one thing I liked to do: I liked cutting off the ball and John’s such a good passer and if you run for him or cut for him, he’ll find the soft spots in the defense. He’s gonna find you,” said Dekker. 

John Wall to the Houston Rockets is a much-needed move, says Sam Dekker

Wall was one of the most loyal players in the NBA. He remained with the team that drafted him for more than a decade. But a shocking trade has now put an end to their wonderful relationship. 

Everyone liked Wall in Washington, and Dekker mentioned that his kindness expanded during off-court activities as well. But a move away from the city and the franchise was much needed for both parties, feels Dekker. 

“He [Wall] has a great heart and loved DC. But sometimes, after many years, a change in scenery is good for both parties. I think John will be able to match in Houston, we’ll see,” the 6’8” forward stated. 

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An exciting season is in store for NBA fans, especially Rockets fanatics. Two incredible backcourt stars will combine for the first time, and expectations are huge. Has James Harden finally found the teammate he’s been waiting for? Is Houston a real championship contender this season?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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