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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

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...

67

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.

28.2

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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254

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.

14

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).

10.6

Washington also leads the NBA with 10.6 screen assists per game. Marcin Gortat leads all players with 6.0 per contest.

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3.5 

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.

10.9

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.

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48.6

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.

47.5

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.

49

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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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:

Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.

Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).

The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.

The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.

It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.

Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.

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Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Do NBA seasons even count if an emergency team meeting hasn't taken place yet? 

In what's becomming an annual right of passage for underperforming NBA teams, the Wizards recently held a team meeting to address some of the biggest issues that have been dogging them all year. 

While these meetings typically act as motivating springboards that help bring teams together, the Wizards' recent family therapy session might have done the opposite. 

Enter John Wall. Wall, who's already publically voiced concerns over the team's (lack of) effort this season, recently spoke about how the meeting might have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way:

"At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way," Wall said after the team's win in Detroit. "It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit."

That's certainly not a ringing endorsement from Wall, and definitely not something you want to hear after a team meeting. Currently, however, the Wizards are back to their winning ways, coming off a nice road win in Detroit. So maybe it worked! 

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