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0-6, by the numbers


0-6, by the numbers

Rather than rehash last night's 16-point loss at Charlotte, the lowest point of the Wizards' 0-6 season, thought we would take a basic look at those pesky statistics (Yes, we understand, no John Wall, no Nene. Regardless, the games count).

*Let's start with the scoring, or lack thereof. After tallying 76 points against the Bobcats, Washington is averaging a league-low 86.0 per game while tallying 1.02 points per shot, also last. The Wizards have topped 90 points twice in six games while still waiting to reach triple figures. Meanwhile the Dallas Mavericks, Washington's next opponent, are averaging 101.9 points per game. By the way, from a past is prologue angle, last season's Wizards team, which opened the season with eight straight losses, failed to score at least 100 points until the 13th game.

*Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 12.2 points, the lowest per game average for any team leader. 88 NBA players are averaging more, including Utah guard Randy Foye (12.6), the ex-Wizard acquired in the infamous 2009 trade with Minnesota. Other not-so notable scorers averaging more per game than Washington's leader include Mike Dunleavy, Chandler Parsons and E'Twaun Moore.

*Despite sitting tied with Sacramento at the bottom of the NBA's 3-point shooting list (27.9 percent), the Wizards are launching the third-most attempts (25.7) from beyond the arc. Tuesday's 5 of 31 horror show, which included the starting backcourt of Beal and A.J. Price missing 20 of 23 tries, didn't help the cause.

*Benefitted by the most playing time of his career, Price is averaging 7.7 assists, tied for seventh with Brooklyn's Deron Williams, with a 3.29 assist-to-turnover ratio (13th). Shot selection has been the larger issue; 30.6 field goal percentage, 26.8 from beyond the arc. Only his backup Jannero Pargo has a lower effective FG percentage on the roster than Price's 38.2 (Washington's ranks 28th overall in EFG at 43.8).

*Beal has made 20 of 21 free throws, ranking sixth at 95.2 percent. Martell Webster (90.9) also with only a single miss in 11 attempts. Despite those efforts, Washington ranks 24th at 71.4 percent. More troubling is the lack of attempts, 17.5 per game (28th). By comparison Dwight Howard leads the league at 10.9 free throws per game (Beal leads the Wizards with 3.5). After taking only seven attempts in Saturday's loss at Indiana, the Wizards worked their way into 32 free throws against Charlotte, but missed 11 of them.

*The lack of low post scoring options works against the Wizards in the free throw department. So does the fact that their best interior scorer - Kevin Seraphin - has taken only six more free throws on the season than anyone reading this. The burly Seraphin's 1.2 attempts per game matches his average from last season. Over his career Nene averages 4.6 attempts.

*Of the players with at least 10 field goal attempts on the season, only last season's first rounders - Chris Singleton (13 of 26) and Jan Vesely (8 of 16) - are shooting at least 50 percent. Speaking of Vesely, the sixth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft played 14 scoreless minutes over the last two games, missing four free throws and his only field goal attempt

*Trevor Ariza ranks fifth in steals, averaging 2.33 per game. Washington's starting small forward has worked himself off what was a month-long funk on both ends of the court, though his 34.6 field goal percentage remains unsightly.

*Defensively the Wizards have been solid if not strong at times, allowing 94.2 points (14th), which is why they had late-game chances to win against Indiana and twice against Boston. That likely won't be enough Wednesday in Dallas against a Mavericks team that is scoring at a high clip even without the injured Dirk Nowitzki.

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Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process.

Williams could be the answer to their longstanding quest for an athletic big man. No need to bring in five other guys for the usual six-player workout when Williams deserves a longer and more extensive look than most prospects they are considering.

The 20-year-old was put through a variety of drills Monday afternoon, just days before the 2018 NBA Draft. He likes the fit with Washington, if that's how things end up sorting out.

"I definitely feel like they could use a big like me, a defensive-style athletic big like me. I definitely see myself fitting here," he said.

Williams is one of the best big men in this year's draft. He is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan. He used that length to dominate in the paint at the college level.

Williams averaged a modest 10.4 points for the Aggies in 2017-18, but also 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. That was his sophomore year. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a freshman.

He was a shot-blocking force the day he stepped on campus and believes those skills will translate to the professional ranks. In the NBA, Williams believes he can thrive because his defensive versatility will be even more valuable in a day and age where switching is paramount.

"I feel like I can guard all positions. That’s one of my biggest attributes," he said. "It’s just about embracing it, having fun stopping a guard. Once you’re comfortable with it, you can do it."

Williams may adapt to the NBA quickly on the defensive end and that's where the Wizards need help the most. They haven't had a consistent rim-protector in years. Last season, point guard John Wall led the team in blocks per game.

Offense is where the questions lie with Williams. He wasn't a big scorer in college and does not have much of an outside shot. The fact he shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line this past season suggests he has a lot of work to do before he can stretch the floor.

Williams will need to find a niche offensively, likely as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls. He sees a lot of potential in a possible pick-and-roll pairing with Wall.

"He’s an elite passer and an elite guard. Coming off a pick-and-roll, you have to pay attention to him as well as have to pay attention to me as well. It’s a win-win situation," Williams said.

Williams believes his offensive game will open up with more space at the NBA level. The Wizards have Wall surrounded by three-point shooters in Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Toss Williams into the middle and he could go to work in the paint doing the rest.

If Williams were drafted by the Wizards, he could look at Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets as a model to follow. Like Houston, the Wizards have two All-Star guards. An athletic big man who doesn't need plays run for him could be the perfect complement.

No one needs to tell Williams that, he is well-aware. He said that at nearly every stop during the predraft process Capela's name has come up.

"I knew that’s what you were going to say," Williams said to a reporter (raises hand) who asked about the Capela comparison.

Williams continued to say they are different players and it's not entirely fair to compare them. That exchange showed Williams has an edge to him, sort of like Morris. He's clearly not afraid to be honest when some players would not.

Despite downplaying the comparison, Williams can see what makes Capela successful.

"I’ve watched him. He’s a great player," Williams said. "He is around the right people. He just plays his role. He runs off a lot of screens. He gets up there and does what he has to do."

Williams is gearing up for Thursday's draft and trying to decide who he will walk the stage with, as the NBA has introduced a new tradition of each player walking with two people. He said it will likely be his mother and sister. Perhaps by the end of the night he will also walk that stage wearing a Washington Wizards hat.

For more on Williams, check out our extensive draft profile on him.

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson faces charges of armed robbery after breaking into a home near Atlanta, stealing $100,000 from the house, and physically assaulting a teenager who was inside, authorities said Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hickson, who played eight seasons in the NBA with four teams before his brief appearance in Washington, is currently being held in Coweta County Jail without bond. 

He is currently affiliated with the Lebanese Basketball League but played 15 games with the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. Hickson averaged 4.6 ppg and scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in the penultimate game of the regular season. He has not played professionally in the United States since.  Hickson played just one season at North Carolina State before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 19 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Yarbrough, the sheriff's spokesperson in Coweta, said that while at least two people were involved in the invasion, only Hickson is being held and charged.

According to authorities, Hickson entered through a side door, armed with a knife and his face and head covered. He was initially apprehended by another department and later transferred into the custody of Coweta County law enforcement. 

At this time in the investigation, very little detail is publicly available.

The teenage victim, whose name remains private, received medical treatment for several broken bones and is fortunately in good condition.