Ten games only equal about 12 percent of a full 82-game season, so no long-term conclusions can be drawn after the Wizards' 5-5 start. But 10 games is enough to get a snapshot of early-season trends, enough to wonder what is sustainable and what is likely to change.
The Wizards have shown some good and some bad so far. Here are 10 stats to consider from the Wizards' first 10 games...
The Wizards have opponents to shoot 67 percent on shots within five feet of the rim. That is the worst percentage in the NBA. Washington's froncourt players aren't doing a good job protecting the rim and that is being compounded by leaky defense at the perimeter.
So far the Wizards have been excellent at getting to the free throw line with 28.2 attempts per game. That's a 27.6 percent increase from the 22.1 attempts per game they had last season and it's good enough for fifth among NBA teams. John Wall and Bradley Beal have made a major difference so far, each averaging at least two more free throws than they did last season.
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Beal is averaging 25.4 points through 10 games and that number would be much higher if it weren't for his four-point outing against the Warriors when he was ejected in the second quarter. Still, 254 points after 10 games puts him in some exclusive company in franchise history. Only five times has a Wizards or Bullets player had more points through 10 games. Beal has the most since Gilbert Arenas dropped 285 in 10 games back in 2006-07, 11 years ago.
The Wizards lead the NBA with 10 total charges drawn and 1.4 charges per game. With four charges drawn, Tim Frazier leads the NBA in charges per 36 minutes (0.96).
Washington also leads the NBA with 10.6 screen assists per game. Marcin Gortat leads all players with 6.0 per contest.
Kelly Oubre, Jr. is tied for third in the NBA with 3.5 deflections per game. He leads the Wizards, who rank ninth in the NBA with 14.0 per game. For all the heat they are getting for their defense so far this season, this stat shows the potential they have as a group to disrupt opposing offenses.
The Wizards haven't been running as much as they would like, but they still rank 10th in fastbreak points per game. They just know they can be much better, as last year they placed fifth in the NBA with 15.9 fastbreak points per game.
Given the percentage opponents are shooting around the rim, it should come as no surprise that the Wizards are giving up a lot of points in the paint. They are 24th in basketball in the category with 48.6 paint points per game allowed. Last season the Wizards were 15th in the category, so they can definitely get better.
The Wizards are fifth-worst in the NBA in opponents field goal percentage at 47.5. It was also a problem last season when they were seventh-worst.
Oubre has also been very good at shooting from three so far this season, hitting on 49 percent of his attempts. He is making 2.4 threes per game on 4.9 attempts. If Oubre can shoot threes above 40 percent, that will significantly change his status as an offensive threat.
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