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Daily Digits: The Wizards’ fast break game is back

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the number of fast break points the Wizards scored in Saturday’s loss to the Raptors, which was...


If there’s one positive to come out of Washington’s 0-2 start, it’s that the Wizards’ fast break game appears to be back to what we’ve come to expect during the John Wall era.

Last season the Wizards’ transition game was not up to snuff. They only averaged 11.6 fast break points per game, good for just the 15th-best mark in the league. The numbers were down in part to John Wall missing time, but even when he was healthy, they weren’t great. Washington only averaged 12.6 fast break points per 48 minutes with Wall on the floor, which still wouldn’t have been good enough to crack the top 10.

In the season opener on Thursday, the Wizards scored 20 fast break points against the Heat, which would have only been one off their season high for all of last year. The 34 they scored against Toronto is the most they’ve scored in game since back in February 2017, when they scored 39 against the 76ers.