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 players who have made at least 8 three-pointers in a game against the Wizards this season, which is...
Even though the league is more three-point heavy than ever, it’s still really hard for any one player to connect on 8 in a single game. It’s only happened 15 times this season, and one-fifth of them have happened against the Washington Wizards.
Steph Curry made 11 when the Warriors hosted the Wizards earlier this season. Eric Gordon made eight in the Rockets’ overtime loss to Washington, and rookie Landry Shamet added his name to list in the 76ers’ blowout win over the Wizards on Tuesday.
Although Shamet is young, he knew exactly where to go to attack Washington’s three-point defense, which is allowing the third-highest percentage from deep in the league this season. He picked up his first three on a quick shot in transition, where the Wizards have been exceptionally vulnerable, allowing opponents to shoot over 43 percent early in the shot clock.
Then, he went to work exploiting miscommunications on defense in the half-court.
He identified mismatches on the perimeter to create easy looks for himself.
And when all else failed, he could clear space by going through screens Washington’s defenders were too big to navigate through cleanly.
The most disheartening part of all this is that there isn’t an easy fix. Better communication could fix some of the problems, but they also need to revamp their scheme and bring in more players who can execute it effectively. There’s a lot that needs to change and it’s getting more and more difficult to see how those get fixed with only 41 games left in the season.