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Otto Porter is letting it rip

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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 shots Otto Porter Jr. has attempted in the 58 minutes he’s played since returning from injury earlier this month, which is...

39

The Wizards are still easing Otto Porter Jr. back into a full workload. He’s coming off the bench and he’s yet to play more than 25 minutes in a game since he got back on the court. The odd thing is, he’s shooting more in his limited role than ever before.

Taking 39 shots in 58 minutes works out to an average of 24 shots per 36 minutes. That’s nearly six more than Bradley Beal averages per 36 minutes. Heck, that’s nearly four more than Russell Westbrook is averaging this season. Most importantly, it’s 12 more shots per 36 more than Porter was averaging before the injury.

Can he keep that up forever? Of course not, but his aggressive approach these last few games should put to rest the idea that he’s incapable of being a high-volume shooter. It might be unconventional, it might not be as efficient as what we’re used to seeing from him, but it works. If Washington has any shot at getting back in the playoff hunt, they’ll Porter at playing a lot closer to what we’ve seen over the last three games than what we saw in the three months before it.