We've previously examined reasons why the Wizards ultimately were knocked out of the playoffs and why things are different even with another second round exit. What we haven't done lately is look at some of their playoff stats in relation to all postseason teams. Obviously only a few teams played on since Washington headed for vacation and now only the Cavaliers and Warriors are left.
Shooting percentage -- 40.3 (1st)
Attempts -- 23.3 (12th)
- Golden State is second in percentage (38.0) with a playoff-leading 30.3 attempts per game. As for their own attempts, Washington six more per game during the playoffs then the regular season, yet still ranked among the bottom teams in the postseason. Adding a coveted stretch-4 and keeping Bradley Beal active from deep will raise the number further.
Overall -- 47.2 (2nd)
Defensive -- 35.6 (1st)
Offensive -- 11.6 (7th)
- Strong numbers, but this largely came from the dominant four-game sweep against the Raptors. Atlanta essentially played Washington even on the boards even though the Wizards had a big edge during the regular season. Washington went with shooting over size and in this area, it cost them. They also might not have pushed the Hawks as they did without going small.
Offense -- 103.3 (8th)
Defense -- 98.4 (2nd)
Plus/minus -- 3.9 (3rd)
"Clutch" free throws -- 60.9 (14 of 23; 15th). Last among 8 teams with 10 or more attempts
(NBA.com defines "clutch" stats as those accumualted in the final five minutes of games with a margin of plus/minus five points.)
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: