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 Chasson Randle’s Player Efficiency Rating this season, which is...
Everyone talks about “Next man up” when a key player gets injured, and the Wizards have certainly embraced that mantra. Tomas Satoransky can’t mimic what John Wall brings on the court, but he fills the void in his own way. He did it last year, and he’s doing it again this year.
The problem last year was finding the next man up after the next man up. Tim Frazier and Ramon Sessions both struggled when they were called into emergency service. This season, they’ve had more success turning to a much less-heralded option in Chasson Randle, whose contract was fully guaranteed on Monday. He’s averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 assists in 15 minutes of action per game with a .609 true shooting percentage since he entered the rotation after the Austin Rivers trade.
In the four games since Wall was ruled out for the season, he’s 11-of-22 from the field and he’s connected from long-range in three of those four games. His ability to space the floor is extremely helpful when he’s sharing the floor with Bradley Beal, and he knows how to attack closeouts when given the chance.
He’s shown some proficiency in cutting off-the-ball as well.
Randle is giving the Wizards exactly what they craved last season behind Satoransky but couldn’t find until it was too late. We’ll see if it holds up as teams get more film to study, but right now he’s providing the stability the team needs behind Satoransky and Beal to keep the team from falling into big holes when they’re off the court.