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Daily Digits: The Wizards lose the defensive battle early in possessions

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards Amber Searls-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 where the Wizards rank in fast break points allowed per game this season, which is...


Washington’s transition defense has been an issue all season long, and it negates what the team does well in pushing the ball on the other end. You’d think a team with John Wall would win the battle for fast break points more often than not, but Washington is getting outscored by nearly a point per game this season.

Even when the team stops the initial push off a miss, the numbers show they just aren’t good at defending early in possessions. Here’s a breakdown of where they rank in effective field goal percentage allowed during various points of the shot clock.

  • 22-18 seconds: 25th
  • 18-15 seconds: 24th
  • 15-7 seconds: 25th
  • 7-4 seconds: 15th
  • 4-0 seconds: 21st

The Wizards aren’t good at any point during the shot clock, but at least they’re somewhat tolerable late in the clock. Problem is, they give up so many quality looks early on that they don’t even get the chance to put on the clamps.