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Daily Digits: John Wall is hitting the sweet spot with his passes

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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 John Wall’s pass accuracy rate over the last two years, which was...


Fred Katz of The Athletic did a deep piece on new tracking stats that aim to take our understanding of effective passing to the next level. They don’t just track the ball going from Point A to Point B, they track how well passers put the ball in the shooting pocket to give them the best chance to make the shot.

Wall fares well in the tracking. His numbers are comparable with all the other great passers in the league like LeBron James, Chris Paul, and James Harden. In the piece, he discussed some of his strategy for putting his teammates in the best place to score.

Instead of flatly asking teammates where they prefer to receive a catch-and-shoot opportunity, the five-time All-Star studies shooting forms, in person and on film, and develops strategies from there. Everyone has a distinct motion, which can tell Wall where to locate his passes.

“Some people catch and get low when they get it,” Wall said. “Well, why not throw it low so they don’t gotta be catching it and dipping?”

There’s a perception in some circles that Wall racks up assists just because he’s good at getting to the rim, but stories like this remind us how much precision and thought go into making things work at the NBA level, and how important Wall’s passing is in making things work for the Wizards.