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 Jeff Green’s true shooting percentage this season, which is...
Going into this season, I honestly thought the Wizards would feel Mike Scott’s absence more than they felt the loss of Marcin Gortat. As valuable as the Polish Hammer was, there are plenty of interchangeable big men out there who can provide value on any given night. It’s much harder to find a combo forward that can guard multiple positions and shoot effectively from range on a minimum deal.
Yet, for as much as the team has struggled to find a solution in the middle, they’ve struck gold once again with Mike Scott’s replacement, Jeff Green. In fact, you can make a solid argument Green has been better this season than Scott was last season.
Green has a higher true shooting percentage (62.4 to 59.9), a higher PER (14.5 to 13.7), and averages more rebounds, steals and blocks per 100 possessions while averaging fewer turnovers and fouls per 100 possessions that Scott did last season. Plus, Green’s ability to play bigger when needed has made it easier for the team to keep Ian Mahinmi on the bench this season, which helps.
For all the team’s missteps this season, give them credit for making the right call to let Scott walk this season and bring in someone at the same rate who has given them production just as good, if not better, than what they got last season. Then again, they’ll face the same dilemma once again this summer when Green hits free agency. We’ll see if they think they can find lightning in a bottle for a third straight year.