The Washington Wizards got demolished again on Friday night, this time by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who blew them out 134-111.
Defense continues to be a major problem for Washington. Here is a look at how truly bad their defense has been through eight games, by the numbers...
The Wizards are allowing a league-worst 13.3 threes per game. No team in NBA history has gone a whole season allowing as many three-point makes. With the way this year is going for the league, one team is likely to set an NBA record for threes allowed. As of now, the Wizards are on pace to be that team.
Opponents are shooting 40.5 percent from long range against the Wizards. That's better than the career percentages of Ray Allen, Glen Rice, Reggie Miller and Larry Bird.
The Wizards are surrendering a league-worst 123.9 points per game, meaning that through eight games they have allowed a total of 991 points. That's the most a team has given up through their first eight games since the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets. The Wizards are just the 12th team in NBA history to give up that many in their first eight.
The Wizards have given up 134 points or more three times already this season. That ties their most games in a season allowing 130 points or more since 1983-84. They only allowed 130 points or more twice all of last season.
The Wizards are only securing 66.7 percent of potential defensive rebounds. The Timberwolves are the only NBA team that has been worse this season.
The lack of defensive rebounds have translated into 16.9 second-chance points per game for their opponents this season. Only three teams have been worse.
The Wizards are allowing their opponents to shoot 27.4 free throws per game. Only three teams are giving up more.
One category the Wizards have been very good in is deflections. With 13.6 per game, they are fifth in the NBA. They need to convert those into stops, turnovers and points on the other end.
Let's end this on another positive. The Wizards lead the NBA in charges drawn per game. Given all the complaints about defensive effort, and for good reason, the Wizards have been sacrificing in this one specific way.
Basketball Reference and NBA.com were used for this research
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