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 times Markieff Morris has played under 16 minutes in a game as a Wizard, which is...
Morris only played 15:07 in the Wizards’ 116-110 win over the Heat on Saturday, and he was a -10 in those minutes. That means the Wizards were a +16 in the other 32:53. Sure, it helps that Jeff Green bi-monthly great night, racking up 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the Wizards just played like a different team when he was out there in Morris’ place.
It would be one thing if this was just a one-game occurrence, but his production has been down across the board even though he’s in a contract year. He’s averaging career-lows in points, rebounds, and free throw attempts per 100 possessions. To make things worse, the Wizards have a -10.0 net rating when he’s on the floor. The only regular member of the rotation with a lower net rating is Kelly Oubre Jr.
And well, that’s part of the problem. For as much as Morris has struggled, the alternatives aren’t much better. Kelly Oubre is as erratic as ever. Otto Porter was also on the bench for most of the Wizards’ run on Saturday because of his up-and-down play this season. Jeff Green is Jeff Green.
Washington doesn’t necessarily need a great option at forward, but they need something more consistency and reliability than they’ve gotten so far this season.