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By the numbers: Wizards amid best three-point shooting stretch in franchise history

By the numbers: Wizards amid best three-point shooting stretch in franchise history

During the summer, as the Wizards moved past their second round playoff departure and on to the 2017-18 season, head coach Scott Brooks outlined a specific area he thought the team could improve on: three-point shooting. Specifically, he wanted to shoot more threes.

So far through 37 games, the Wizards are doing just that. Here is a look at their success shooting threes this season, by the numbers...

16

The Wizards made 16 threes against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. It was the 10th time in Wizards/Bullets franchise history that they have hit 16 threes in a game, but the fourth time this season and the third time in a span of just eight days.

36

The Wizards set a franchise record for attempted threes with 36 on Friday night against the Rockets and again on Sunday against the Bulls. 

30

The Wizards have attempted 30 threes or more 55 times in franchise history, but 30 of those games have happened since Brooks took over before last season. There has been a clear shift in offensive philosophy with him in charge.

9.8

The Wizards are currently averaging more made threes per game (9.8) than any other team in franchise history. If this keeps up, it would be the third straight season the Wizards have set a new franchise mark in threes made.

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26.6

The Wizards are also taking more threes per game than ever before, 26.6 of them on average. Like with threes made, the Wizards are on pace to set a new franchise record for the third straight year.

18

The Wizards have made 10 threes or more 18 times this season already. They still have plenty of work to match last year's total of 43 such games, a franchise record. But 18 games of 10 threes or more already ranks fourth in franchise history. To put that in perspective, they had just seven games of 10 threes or more in the 2014-15 season. 

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159

The Wizards made 159 threes in the month of December, tied for the second-most threes in one month in franchise history. The record is 173, set in March of last season. The other time they made 159 was January of last season.

10.2

The Wizards' increase in three-point attempts has been all about the bench. Wizards reserves are taking 10.2 threes per game compared to 7.6 last season. Three attempts from Wizards starters are actually down from 17.2 to 16.4 this year. 

33.3

The Wizards are also doing an excellent job defending threes. They are first in the NBA with a 33.3 opponents three-point percentage. Making threes on offense and stopping threes on defense is a good recipe for success in today's 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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