Since starting the season at 2 and 7, the Wizards are now 12 and 7 in our last 19 games. Should we be able to keep that pace up - we could possibly win 47 games or so this season. That would mark a dramatic improvement for our team in the standings, the sample size is small; essentially only one third of the season has been played to date. We could suffer additional injuries-- and so much more could happen this season. But we can look at a body of work to date this season and see some trends and some interesting facts and stats to consider.
We have played a lot of games on the road so far 16 of 28 games, and we have played some of the best teams on the road such as Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and OKC.
We have lost 4 games in over time. We also lost a game at home that we all believe was winnable against Denver.As we mature as a team, some of these losses will become wins,and I view this as our team having upside.
An interesting stat is that we are now 5 and 2 on the second night of back to back games. This is a vital stat to watch. Playoff teams are consistently over 500 on the second game of back to backs.
Our transition defense is really improved over the last 19 games; and we are now ranked 4th in the NBA. And we are now ranked 15th in the NBA in offensive efficiency as to points scored per 100 possessions.
We have become a very good 3 point shooting team and have been ranked as high as 3rd in the NBA.
We also are good on the fast break; also being ranked as high as 4th in the NBA too.
Same in assists, as high as 6th in the league.
All over the last 19 games.
Here are some interesting stats.
The number 1 most productive line up in the NBA is Wall, Beal, Ariza, Nene and Gortat. That unit has a plus + 24 differential. Over the last 19 games.
The number 4 most productive line up in the NBA is Wall, Webster, Ariza, Nene and Gortat, at a plus + 14.8 differential.
We have a top 10 scorer at 3 positions and we have 6 top 15 scorers at their respective positions.
John Wall and Bradley Beal are ranked 2nd in the NBA as highest point duo in the back court - John Wall is 23 years old and Bradley Beal is 20 years old. We have upside here too.
The stats go on and on. I literally am looking at a book that is hundreds of pages long that slices and dices line ups; segments of games, segments for individual players.
When John Wall is on the floor we are first in the NBA in fast break points - when he is not on the floor we are 30th, as an example.
John is 2nd in the NBA in points created per assist. He is 3rd in the NBA is passes per game.John is one of only two point guards to average 19 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game , the other is Chris Paul.
We are number 1 in the NBA in defensive rebounds percentage with Nene on the floor and number 25 when he isnt on the floor.
The Wizards are number 1 in the NBA in forcing turn overs with Jan Vesely on the floor.
Trevor Ariza is ranked 6th in the NBA in catch and shoot points per game.
Martell Webster is one of only 2 players in the NBA with 300 total points and 20 or less turn overs - Ryan Anderson is the other player.
And on and on. Stats are very illuminating - they also identify plenty or areas that we have to work on to improve.
But we are now back at 500. We have finished close to a third of our season to date. We are seeing positive improvement from our team, as we promised to our fans.
I wish to thank our fans for your ongoing patience and support.