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Daily Digits: Has Otto Porter risen above the John Wall Effect?

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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 number of threes Otto Porter Jr. attempted in Wednesday’s win over the Hawks, which was...


It took 23 games, but Porter finally embraced the green light Scott Brooks gave him on Media Day, taking a season-high nine threes in the Wizards’ win with the Hawks. His previous season high was seven, which came in the second game of the season.

It’s the latest interesting data point to emerge in an unusual trend since the start of the 2017-18 season. Since the start of that season, Porter shoots better on threes (42.8 percent to 40.9 percent) and takes more per 100 possessions (6.6 to 6.1) with Wall off the court than he does with Wall on it.

It isn’t a drastic difference, but it’s an interesting anomaly that cuts against the grain of how Wall generally helps guys on the perimeter. On the whole, Wall still has a positive impact on the Wizards’ offense. Washington scored better and shot more efficiently with him on the floor over that time than without him, but Porter continues to be an interesting exception.

For all the talk about how the Wizards need to stagger Wall and Bradley Beal more often, maybe they just need to stagger Wall and Porter even more than they already do.