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Daily Digits: The Wizards’ outside shooting still hasn’t come around

NBA: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-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 where Washington’s ranks in 3-point percentage this season, which is...


The Wizards set a new franchise record by missing 37 threes during their loss to the Raptors on Friday night. Prior to Friday’s game, Washington had only attempted 37 threes eight times, and they had made at least a dozen in all eight of those games before their 9-for-46 outing against Toronto.

The Wizards were unusually bad and unlucky on Friday, but they’ve struggled all season long. They’re only shooting 31.7 percent from deep, just a hair ahead of the only two teams behind them — the Thunder and the Hawks.

Believe it or not, the rotation player the Wizards shoot the best with on the floor is Dwight Howard. When he’s playing, Washington shoots 2.4 percent better than their season average. Problem is, even then they’re only shooting 34.1 percent which would tie them with Denver for 23rd in the league.

In fact, the only places where you can find the Wizards shooting well is when they have all their key players together at the same time. The Wall, Beal, Porter, Morris, Howard lineup is 33-of-80 from deep (41.3 percent) and the Wall, Beal, Oubre, Porter, Morris lineup is 11-of-26 (42.3 percent). No other five-man lineup that’s attempted at least 20 threes has made more than one-third of them.

While the bench has made some strides this season, when it comes to making threes, they’re still relying on the same core of six players they always have to get the job done.