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Daily Digits: The ace up the Wizards’ sleeve is no longer an ace

NBA: Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers Troy Wayrynen-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 the Wizards’ net rating with John Wall, Bradley Beal, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Otto Porter Jr. are on the floor together this season, which is...


The Wizards’ best moments the past few years have come when Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre have played together, until this season. Look at the Wizards’ scoring margin per 100 possessions when Porter, Oubre, Beal, and Wall have been on the floor together the past three years.

Washington doesn’t have a lot of looks they can throw at teams because they aren’t a very deep team, but the Oubre-Porter combo was the one ace up their sleeve they’ve been able to go to when Oubre is playing well.

If that combo isn’t effective this, it’s hard to see where they’re going to find another four-man group that works. Only 4 of the 11 four-man lineups that have played over 50 minutes for the Wizards this season are posting positive net ratings, and none of them are anywhere near as good as Wall, Beal, Oubre, and Porter were together the last two years.