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WATCH: Davis Bertans makes six straight threes vs Sixers

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WATCH: Davis Bertans makes six straight threes vs Sixers

In a season with plenty of lows and only a few highs, Davis Bertans has been a very pleasant surprise for the Wizards this season. 

Thursday night against the Sixers, Bertans got insanely hot from three-point land in the first half. He hit six straight from three and the led a 29-11 run by the Wizards that gave them a 10-point lead over one of the best teams in the East. 

He scored 22 points in just 17 minutes of play and was single-handily roasting a top-three defense in the NBA. 

The Wizards acquired him from the Spurs using a trade exception, meaning all they gave the Spurs in return for his services was salary cap relief. 

Watching the game after undergoing finger surgery, Jordan McRae was loving the show Bertans was putting on against Philly. 

Roughly 20 games in, he's proved to be the Wizards' second-best player behind Bradley Beal.

He's unfortunately a free agent after this season, so if the Wizards want to retain his sharp-shooting prowess they'll have to pay a decent sum with a relatively weak free-agent class. 

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Wizards insert Davis Bertans and Isaac Bonga into starting lineup

Wizards insert Davis Bertans and Isaac Bonga into starting lineup

WIth Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and Ian Mahinmi out vs the Magic, the Wizards revamped their starting five with Davis Bertans and Isaac Bonga.

According to Scott Brooks, the new starting five will include Isaiah Thomas and Bradley Beal in the backcourt with Isaac Bonga, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura on the front line. 

This is Hachimura's first start at center in his career, but with nobody available who normally plays in that spot, he'll have to play a ton of minutes there Tuesday night. 

Per Cleaning the Glass, Hachimura has played 26 possessions at center so far in his rookie season. In those possessions, the Wizards score 153.8 points per 100 possessions and give up 133.3. 

Those lineups have certainly scored a ton, but there's not much resistance on defense, which properly sums up the Wizards' season to date. 

Luckily for the Wizards on Tuesday, All-Star center Nikola Vucevic is not expected to play. 

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Tying a career-high for threes in a game, Davis Bertans has yet to find a three too deep for him

Tying a career-high for threes in a game, Davis Bertans has yet to find a three too deep for him

Nearly every time Davis Bertans plays, he serves as a reminder for how savvy the Wizards have been under Tommy Sheppard. 

Acquired from the Spurs for basically nothing, Bertans continues to provide a spark off the bench for Washington with an underrated playmaking prowess and, of course, his marksmanship from the outside. 

Bertans finished with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, going 6-11 from three Friday night against the Hornets. That matched his career-high for threes made in a game, which would surprise just about anyone judging by the way this man shoots the ball. 

For shooters as good as Bertans, you start to wonder where their range stops. How far is too far?

"I haven't found that yet," Bertans said after the game. 

The totality of his offensive skills was on display Friday night. Bertans helped keep his team close early by drilling five first-half threes, and then he helped space the floor and made key plays off the bounce as a member of Scott Brooks' closing lineup. 

The Wizards have prioritized playing to their strengths on offense, and for Bertans, getting more opportunities as a ball-handler should make for more space to shoot from the outside. For now, he'll take the open lanes developing off of his reputation as a sniper. 

"The defense is really worried about me shooting," he said. "So it's really easy to beat them with the first dribble and if somebody helps I can see the court and see open guys, and I'm willing to pass and get some open looks for them."

With Bertans, Moe Wagner, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura, the Wizards have more firepower and promise in their frontcourt than ever. Obviously, there are only so many minutes to go around, but this is a year where the front office needs to find players they think they can build a formidable core with. 

Now that Beal is locked up for at least the next two seasons, Brooks can give certain players a hard look next to him without worrying about a trade demand coming down the line. In terms of building a winning culture, that kind of flexibility is invaluable. 

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