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With the Wizards at the exact midpoint of their season, it's time to nerd out with a deep-dive into the numbers. Here is a look at each Wizards player's season so far with one stat for each, most of which go beyond the box score. Many of these numbers are pretty telling of the player's season as a whole. Some are just plain random...

Bradley Beal, 2.8 miles

According to the NBA's tracking technology, no one in the NBA travels a greater distance on average than Beal does. He runs about 2.8 miles per game, or 14,782 feet. He also leads the NBA in miles traveled per game on defense. Hopefully he has a good miles rewards program.

Otto Porter Jr., 35.1% on catch-and-shoot threes

Porter shot over 44 percent on catch-and-shoot threes the past two seasons, but this year they aren't falling. Given his recent history, that number is likely to go up. Porter probably just needs to get more separation and he hasn't been moving like normal this season with his right knee injury.

Jeff Green, 90.4 free throw percentage

Green is currently on pace to set the Wizards franchise record for free throw percentage in a single season. The all-time record is 90.1, set by Caron Butler in 2007-08. Butler is the only player in franchise history to finish a season at 90 percent or higher. 

Tomas Satoransky, 42.6% on catch-and-shoot plays

Satoransky leads the Wizards with a 42.6 rate on catch-and-shoot plays both overall and from three. He's really developed in that regard the past two seasons. The next step is to be able to make more shots off the dribble.

 

Trevor Ariza, 281 career threes made with Wizards

My colleague Ben Standig first pointed this out. It's easy to forget that Ariza can now continue to add to his Wizards career numbers, having rejoined them in a trade. Ariza has added to his three-point total and now ranks 10th in franchise history with 281 threes. Fifteen more and he will move into ninth past former teammate Martell Webster. And if he comes back next season, he could go after Nick Young for eighth.

Sam Dekker, .551 effective field goal %

We could go many different ways with Dekker because he's playing the best basketball of his career so far during his brief, but encouraging stint with the Wizards. Including his nine games with Cleveland before he was traded in December, Dekker is averaging career-bests with 7.2 points per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. His per-36 numbers and rebound percentage suggest he's rebounding better than ever before. So far, so good for Mr. Dekker.

Ian Mahinmi, 6.5 fouls per 36 min.

No one is more efficient with his fouls on the Wizards than Mahinmi, who ranks sixth among all NBA players (min. 20 G) in fouls per 36 minutes. In his defense, he's a backup big man and that's what you have to do, spend fouls.

Troy Brown Jr., 145 minutes played

Brown has played only 145 minutes for the Wizards so far this season. That is 31st among the 60 players that were selected in last June's NBA Draft. Brown was the 15th overall pick. Ahead of him are 18 players that were taken after him, including nine second round selections.

Markieff Morris, 10.8 rebound percentage

Morris has never been a great rebounder, but several numbers suggest he has been at his worst this season. His rebound percentage is 0.1 away from his career-low and his 7.1 rebounds per 36 minutes are tied for a career-worst. Granted, the Wizards as a team might be the worst in basketball at cleaning the glass. But they could use more help from their power forward, when he returns from injury.

Chasson Randle, 4.62 miles per hour

Randle just barely edges Satoransky (4.61 mph) to top the Wizards for the highest average speed on the floor. That is among players in the regular rotation because Devin Robinson technically rates higher. But it goes to show how much Randle hustles.

John Wall, 32 games played

Wall is expected to miss the rest of the season and in doing so will set a career-low for games played. This is a year he will want to forget.

Dwight Howard, 48 free throw attempts

We will end with a weird one. Howard attempted 48 free throws in only nine games, averaging 5.3 per contest. Porter, who has played 29 games this season, has only taken 35. At Porter's current rate of 1.2 free throw attempts per game, he wouldn't close the gap until sometime in early February. Sure, Howard gets fouled a lot, but clearly Porter needs to get to the line more often.

 

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