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Daily Digits: Otto Porter’s efficiency isn’t just down beyond the arc

NBA: Houston Rockets at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-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 Otto Porter’s field goal percentage on mid-range shots this season, which is...


When people talk about Otto Porter’s efficiency, they’re using talking about how well he shoots from deep, and clearly that’s been an issue this season. He’s only shooting 36.0 percent this season after shooting over 43 percent the last two years.

Shooting from beyond the arc can fluctuate a lot during the season, so that in and of itself isn’t a cause for concern, because those things usually even out over time. What’s worrisome is that Porter’s efficiency is down across the board, including in the mid-range which has typically been his bread-and-butter.

He’s shooting less from the mid-range this season, in keeping with Scott Brooks’ edict to push the team towards more efficient shots, but as that’s happened, he’s gotten less efficient in that range. He’s under 43 percent this season after shooting over 47 percent the last three years. His shot charts below show just how much those dips hurt his overall efficiency.

Porter has gone from one of the most efficient shooters in the league to a fairly average one everywhere outside the paint this season. While there’s still plenty of time for that to improve this season, it starts with understanding Porter’s has to do more than just get better at threes.