The Wizards added forward Jared Dudley for a few reasons. At the top of the list, provide the roster with a 3-point shooting capable of playing the "four" role. One look at the Tuesday's NBA stats shows he's doing just that.
Entering Tuesday's slate of NBA games, Dudley leads the entire league with a 48.7% clip from beyond the arc, just ahead of notables like Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry.
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In 25 games, the 6-foot-7 forward is 37 of 76 on 3-point attempts -- and his numbers are rising. In December, Dudley is shooting 51.2 percent (22 of 43). Remember that he wasn't at full strength when the season began after undergoing back surgery this summer following the trade to Washington from Milwaukee. The strong start this season bumped Dudley up to 40 percent from deep or his career.
The Wizards return to the court Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
It's not just accuracy, but consistency. In 11 games this month in which Dudley attempted a 3-pointer, he made at least half nine times. In back-to-back home wins over Charlotte and Sacramento, he knocked down 3 of 5 in each game.
Dudley's presence provides point guard/assist machine John Wall with another viable target and creates room for teammates in Washington's pace-and-space offense. Garrett Temple made five of the Wizards' 14 3-pointers in Monday's 113-99 win over the Kings.
“Jared [Dudley] has been tremendous," Temple said. "He did a great job again tonight shooting the ball, but John is John. He is going to create so much. People are going to stick to him, and look at him especially since we are so depleted, so we have to continue to be ready to shoot.”
Like most players, being ready to shoot is no issue for Dudley. Same goes playing heavy minutes, which is something he and his teammates have done lately because others are out with injuries. Washington only had nine players available against Sacramento and just seven played until the final minute.
"I don't look at it as a disadvantage going 7-8 guys,"Dudley said. "You get more of a rhythm, you get more time to go out there. ...The question is can you mentally sustain it for 48 minutes."
Dudley has quite the 3-point shooting rhythm one-quarter of the way through the season. Seeing as the Wizards prefer this up-temp, 3-point shooting style, they certainly hope he can sustain it.