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The Wizards’ roster turnover should help with ... turnovers

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Robert Hanashiro-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 Washington’s turnover percentage this season, which is...


One of the more interesting developments this season is the Wizards have gotten exceptionally good at avoiding turnovers this season. Only two teams (the Hornets and the Spurs) turn the ball over less often than the Wizards have this season.

That could get even better thanks to Trevor Ariza trade. Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. were both good at protecting the ball, averaging under 3 turnovers per 100 possessions, but that’s in part because they were both relatively low-usage players that didn’t make many daring passes, combining to average 5.3 assists per 100 possessions.

Trevor Ariza was tasked with taking on more of a playmaking role in Phoenix than he had in previous stints and showed he can still be an effective passer on the wing, averaging 4.8 assists per 100 possessions while still keeping his turnover rate below his career average.

Now that he’s reunited with John Wall, he can be even more selective with how he attacks the defense, which should help the Wizards improve their passing while maintaining, if not improving their already stellar turnover rate.