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