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 it affects the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of 3-pointers Otto Porter Jr. averaged per 36 minutes last year, which was...
Scott Brooks told reporters on media day that Porter has a green light to fire at will when he’s open from deep.
“I tell him, I can’t make it any greener for him. It’s green, shoot. Shoot the ball every time you get an open shot. Do not hesitate. He’s one of the best perimeter shooters in the league, and we need more threes.
We want to shoot more threes this year. We’ve been trying to do that for two years, and we’ve got one of our best shooters passing up shots.”
Based on the early numbers, Porter is listening. He’s shot nine threes in 39 minutes of preseason action, which works out to an average of 8.3 per 36 minutes, the second-highest average on the team so far during the preseason.
Granted, the Wizards have been playing at an unsustainably high pace, but even when you go to a per 100 possession average, you can see the difference. Last season, he averaged 6.3 threes per 100 possessions. So far this preseason, he’s averaging 9.5. And it’s not like this is just a thing that happens in preseason. In 2017, he only averaged 5.1 threes per 100 possessions, so things are clearly trending in the right direction.
Any way you slice it, Porter is getting up more shots from deep, and he’s still shooting it well so far. We’ll see how it translates once the games start to matter, but anything that pushes Porter to shoot more often from deep is a good thing for Washington.