Wizards, John Wall: Statistics Under A Microscope

3:40 PM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
What are the Wizards players doing well at? Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --The Wizards and Washington DC have a love/hate relationship, with mostly hate. Venomous hate.

Numbers wise, I try and pick out what there is to love, and what there is to hate so far from the 2011-2012 Washington Wizards.

John Wall

Stat I love: In his last five games, Wall is averaging 24.4 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds. Those are superstar kind of numbers. His decision making has improved drastically in just a weeks span. The Wizards haven't lost in embarrassing fashion in more than a week all because of Wall's improvements.

Stat I hate: According to HoopData.com, John Wall is shooting a miserable 25.3 percent in the 10-foot to 23-foot range, down four percentage points from last year. What's worse is that John Wall has yet to hit a three-pointer this season. Derrick Rose has hit 21 three's this year and Russell Westbrook has hit 10.

Nick Young

Stat I love: We all know Nick Young can shoot three's and free throw's. But his 7.3 turnovers per 100 possessions is the lowest total on the Wizards.

Stat I hate: In 12 of the Wizards 16 games, Nick Young has had less than three assists. He's averaging only 1.5 assists per game. We all knew about his lack of passing going into the season, but that's just terrible court vision. He's limited himself as a basketball player with selfish shooting and probably has limited his contract as a free agent because of it.

JaVale McGee

Stat I love: McGee's leading the league in blocked shots per game (3.0) and while that may wow some people, it isn't his best improvement. McGee's is averaging over 10 shot attempts for the first time in his career and his percentage is only down slightly (from 55 to now 52.1). That's good for 17th in the league ahead of Blake Griffin, Nene Hilario and David Lee. The only way he will get better is to keep working on his post game.

Stat I hate: In the Wizards two wins, McGee played very minor roles in both games. Against Toronto, he played a season low 21 minutes and was the only Wizard not to register a positive in the +/- point ratio. Against OKC, it was Andray Blatche's defense that stood out on Kendrick Perkins, while McGee's missed free throws nearly costed Washington the game. I would like to see McGee excel in a win.

Andray Blatche

Stat I love: Hmmm...His defense is actually improved. But yeah...let me get back to you on this one.

Stat I hate: According to Basketball-Reference, Blatche's offensive efficiency rating is down to 10.4 after peaking in 2009-2010 at 17.6. He's shooting less free throws, his field goal percentage is at an all-time low and he's attempting five shots from the 16-foot to 23-foot range, a strategy he blasted early in the season. Coupled with his attitude, Blatche is officially untradable.

Chris Singleton

Stat I love: On a team begging for outside shooting, Singleton is actually third on the ball club in three-pointers made with 10. His defense is not particularly measurable but his 1.2 steals per game are second on the team. The rookie's 21.1 minutes per game are more than Shelvin Mack and Jan Vesely combined.

Stat I hate: Singleton isn't an attacking guy on offense and his free throw numbers show it. He's only shot five free throws all year and he's played in every single game.

Jordan Crawford

Stat I love: Crawford has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games. His consistency is becoming apparent, so much so, that Flip Saunders has been using him in close fourth quarter games alongside Wall and Young.

State I hate: His usage rating, which measures an estimate of team plays used by a player while he's on the court. Crawford's usage rating is 26.9, ranked 22nd in the entire league. That's ahead of notorious ball-hogs like DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Jennings, John Wall and Chauncey Billups. In correlation, his assist numbers have dropped too -- 3.9 last year, now 2.0. He aimlessly dribbles around far too much for my liking.

Trevor Booker

Stat I love: That's the thing with Booker. Box scores do not give him justice. There was a few games against the Knicks and Timberwolves where he was clearly the most effective player on the court though.

Stat I hate: Booker has been struggling mightily over the past week and his playing time is being cut into. He hasn't had more than five points or five rebounds in the last four games and his help defense was extremely suspect on Sunday against the Celtics.

Rashard Lewis

Stat I hate: There's nothing to love about one of the highest paid players in the NBA also being one of the worst members of the worst team in the league. Lewis, a three-point specialist, is canning just 24.2 percent of his attempts, dead last on the Wizards.

State I hate: Here are the other following per game averages that are also Lewis' career low: Rebounds (3.7), assists (.9), and free throw attempts (1.3). Retirement could be calling the 32-year-old following the season's conclusion.

Jan Vesely

Stat I love: In 108 minutes, Vesely has attempted just one shot outside of three feet. Just one shot! I'm not completely hating on Jan, but how on earth do you become a top 10 pick without the ability to shoot the basketball?

Stat I hate: Vesely has played in nine games, and in five of those contests he's played 15 minutes or less. So what if the rookie gets man-handled occasionally? Throw him in the lineup. That's better than him zoning out on the bench about his girlfriend

Shelvin Mack

Stat I love: His assist to turnover ratio is 4.0, compared to John Wall's 1.8. He's a pure point guard who can be extremely potent in running Flip's offense when given the chance.

Stat I hate: Not really basketball related but one thing about Mack's twitter account bothers me. After most tweets he uses the "......" which in the younger generation usually translates to being frustrated. Mack should stay positive, because he has a tremendous chance of turning into a solid pro.

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