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Looking at the Wizards after 20 games, both the good and the bad, by the numbers

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Looking at the Wizards after 20 games, both the good and the bad, by the numbers

With 82 games in the NBA regular season, there is no natural quarter-mark, but 20 games seems like a good time to step back and draw some early season conclusions.

The Wizards are just above .500 at 11-9 and have played four of those games without star point guard John Wall.

Here are some numbers to consider in what we have seen from the Wizards and their players so far...

2.93

Though the Wizards currently have the 12th-best record in the NBA and the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference, there is one metric that suggests they have been much better.

It's called the simple rating system and it's involves point differential and strength of schedule.

The Wizards have been 2.93 points above average, which is good for seventh in the NBA. This is partly the result of the Wizards folding late in some winnable games. They know their record could be better than what it is and the stats back that up.

10.4

Here's the Wall effect, an indication of his absence and also how he hasn't been the same player in many games this season, most likely due to injuries.

The Wizards are 15th in the NBA with 10.4 fastbreak points per game. That is average, but very low compared to where they are used to being.

Last season they were fifth in the NBA in fastbreak points at 15.9 per game.

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102

No one in the NBA this year has been better at contesting three-point shots than Bradley Beal. He's got 102 on the season, 13 more than the next guy, Victor Oladipo. And his 5.1 contested threes per game average is also best in the game.

When head coach Scott Brooks complains about guys closing out on threes on defense, he isn't talking about Beal.

6

The Wizards are an average team when it comes to drawing charges, but backup point guard Tim Frazier ranks up near the top of the NBA as an individual.

With six charges drawn so far through 20 games, he's tied for eighth in the NBA. He's the smallest guy on the Wizards, so it's nothing to sneeze at. The guy is tough.

2.45 and 2.48

Not surprisingly, Beal and Otto Porter do more running per game than anyone else on the Wizards. When the Wizards are in their halfcourt set, it's Beal and Porter who move most without the ball. They also guard active players on defense and are expected to keep up with John Wall on the fastbreak.

Beal runs 2.45 miles per game and Porter 2.48. Porter is 14th in the NBA in the category and Beal is 21st.

4.62 

The NBA's tracking technology for average speed always produces interesting results because it is not simply about who is the fastest player.

It is largely determined by that player's role on both ends of the floor. For instance, Wall has the slowest average speed on the Wizards at 3.72 miles per hour.

Tomas Satoransky, believe it or not, is the fastest at 4.62. And Jason Smith is second at 4.53. If it seems like Smith is always moving on the court, your eyes are not lying to you.

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4.8

For a variety of reasons, Beal has seen a sharp decrease in catch-and-shoot opportunities this season. Last year he was seventh among NBA players in catch-and-shoot points (7.0/g) and 11th in catch-and-shoot attempts (5.6/g). He shot 44.2 percent on those shots.

This season he's shooting just 37.1 percent on those chances, ranks 59th in the NBA at 4.8 catch-and-shoot points per game and 46th with 4.5 attempts per game.

This is likely a product of teams defending him differently, the absence of Wall for four games and his continue development at attacking the rim.

10.4

Here is evidence of Beal's progression as a ball-handler.

He is now averaging 10.4 drives per game. Last year he was at 6.4 drives per game. He's attempting 5.4 shots on drives this season, good for 13th in the NBA. Last year he was taking 3.3 such shots per game, 37th among NBA players.

After scoring 4.5 points on drives per game last year, he's getting 7.1 this season. Two years ago, in the 2015-16 season, Beal was getting 3.9 points on drives per game.

He has almost doubled that output.

10.7

By now many people know that Marcin Gortat is very good at setting screens and is among the best at getting screen assists because of it.

He leads the NBA with 5.6 screen assists per game. The Wizards as a team are also very good. With 10.7 screen assists per game, they are third in the NBA.

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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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