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Daily Digits: John Wall has taken his game inside the arc to a new level this season

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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 field goal percentage on two-point shots this season, which is...

52.1%

There’s been a lot of talk around how John Wall’s outside shooting has come into form after a rough start, but there hasn’t been nearly as much discussion about how he has improved inside the arc. Here is a breakdown of Wall’s field goal percentage on two-pointers over his career. Note which one sticks out above the rest.

  • 2010-11: 42.5%
  • 2011-12: 44.0%
  • 2012-13: 45.2%
  • 2013-14: 45.8%
  • 2014-15: 47.8%
  • 2015-16: 44.8%
  • 2016-17: 48.0%
  • 2017-18: 43.6%
  • 2018-19: 52.1%

Wall is putting up the best numbers of his career on twos by a country mile, and the reason is simple: He cut back on mid-range shots. Last season, he averaged 5.1 mid-range shots per game. The year before he averaged 5.7 mid-range shots per game. This season, he is only taking 3.3 mid-range shots per game.

If you look at the splits in those links, you’ll see there isn’t much of a difference in how well he’s shooting from area to area, it’s just a matter of taking less shots from the bad areas and taking more shots in good areas. As a result, Wall is currently posting the best true shooting percentage of his career, even though his 3-point shooting still hasn’t caught back up to his usual standards, and his free throw shooting is right in line with career norms.

For all the talk about what the Wizards said they wanted to change at the start of the season, Wall’s shot selection is the one bad habit that has improved this season.