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State of the Wizards: Analyzing the bench, other stats to know

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Bench continues to struggle - The Wizards' bench has had its moments in recent weeks, to be fair. Jason Smith reached double figures twice (12/14, 12/30) in December and has shown signs of being the midrange shooting, active big man the Wizards thought they were signing. Trey Burke blew up for 27 points (10-for-12 FG, 5-for-5 3P) against the Nets on Dec. 30, more than he had in his previous six games combined. Marcus Thornton has also been decent, shooting 49 percent over his last 10 games.

But for the most part this season, the Wizards' bench has been a relative weakness. And that was once again evident in their losses to the Rockets and Mavericks on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Against the Rockets, the Wizards' bench scored just 13 points compared to Eric Gordon's 31 points off Houston's bench all by himself. Against the Mavs, the Wizards' second unit scored just 15 points while Dallas reserves Devin Harris (17 points) and Seth Curry (16) each had more individually.

It's no secret the Wizards' bench has struggled this season, but here are some numbers to show exactly how bad they have been. The rankings are among the NBA's 30 teams:

- 29th in minutes per game (14.4), second only to Minnesota

- 29th in points per game (23.7), second only to Minnesota

- 21st in field goal percentage (43%)

- 28th in three point percentage (30.9%)

- 30th in free throw attempts (3.8), second-worst team gets 5.1

- 30th in rebounding (10.5)

- 30th in assists (4.7)

- 26th in steals (2.2)

- 30th in blocks (0.9)

- 28th in +/- (-2.8)

 

That's 10 stats where the Wizards' bench ranks in the bottom-third of the league, including nine where they place in the bottom four. Not good. This Friday, however, the Wizards will play the Timberwolves, who may be the only NBA team with a less productive bench.

Other stats to know - That was pretty stat heavy. If stats are your thing, here are some more I found while doing research this week:

- the Wizards are 2nd in deflections (19/g), second only to the Warriors (19.6)

- Washington is 4th in percentage of points from midrange shots (19.2%), 5th best in midrange shooting (43%) and only five teams attempt more from midrange (23.5)

- they are 5th in screen assists per game (12.1), and Marcin Gortat is 1st among all players in screen assists (7.0/g),

- the Wizards gets the 2nd fewest percentage of points off 3s (22.8%), 2nd only to the Bulls (18.2)

- John Wall is 11th in field goal attempts in the restricted area under the basket (6.8) and tied with Stephen Curry for third in fastbreak points (5.7)

- Wall is tied with Jimmy Butler for third in deflections (4.0/g)

- Gortat is 7th among all players in contested 2s per game (10.2)

- Bradley Beal is 1st in contested 3s (4.6)

- Otto Porter is 13th among NBA players in distance covered, 12,959.3 ft. per game, or 2.45 miles

- Beal hasn't had a double-double since 2/2/15, a span of 108 games

Eastern Conference standings

Stat line of the week: John Wall 12/28 vs. Pacers - 36 points, 9 assists, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 11-for-19 FG, 2-for-3 3PT, 12-for-13 FT

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Quote of the Week

"We felt like they whooped us badly but also you’re just up 20 or 30 points, keeping your star player in trying to get his numbers we kind of didn’t like that. We took that personal. We didn’t have (anything) written on the board. We didn’t say too much. It was a lot more chippy, a lot more trash-talking than it was in the past. As long as we got the win, we’re fine."

- John Wall on Giannis Antetokounmpo after playing the Bucks in a back-to-back set

Tweet (or Instagram) of the Week

Road ahead

Mon. - 101-91 loss at Houston Rockets
Tue. - 113-105 loss at Dallas Mavericks
Wed. - OFF
Thu. - OFF
Fri. - 7 p.m. vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN)
Sat. - OFF
Sun. - 2 p.m. at Milwaukee Bucks (CSN)

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