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 how many shots Thomas Bryant attempted in Washington’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, which was...
Bryant was the only Wizard who did not get a shot up in Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans. Even Troy Brown Jr. and Devin Robinson, who only played the final 3:34 of the game, each got a shot up.
It’s the first time this season that a Wizard has played over 10 minutes in a game without attempting a single shot. To find the last time it happened, you have to go all the way back to January 2018, when Ian Mahinmi didn’t get a single shot up in a loss to the Bucks.
Granted, if there was a player who shouldn’t be taking a lot of shots right now, it’s Bryant. He’s sharing the floor almost exclusively with the team’s best players, and is really only in the rotation because Dwight Howard is still battling an injury. Washington can’t stop everything they’re doing to make sure he’s getting the shots he needs to develop.
Still, it wouldn’t hurt for them to make a more concerted effort to get him a play or two where he can get a comfortable shot each game. Playing 4-on-5 with Bryant as the odd man out won’t do anything to help them in the long-term, and certainly doesn’t help anything in the short-term either.