For as bad as the Wizards record says they are, they have at least been fun to watch. In between blowing 20-point leads on opening night and the last night before the All-Star break, the hapless Wizards have had some interesting moments. Whether it be JaVale volley ball spiking a ball into the 5th row, or JaVale goal tending every lay-up attempt that had no chance to go in, or JaVale mistakenly running back on defense, or JaVale doing anything, the Wizards have provided entertainment without providing wins.
It’s impossible to pin down the biggest issue with this team but if you were to tell me that the offense was that biggest issue, I’d buy it. Aside from John Wall’s blur-like coast-to-coast transitions, the offense has been anemic. And, actually, even Wall’s freight train-like fast breaks, while engaging, have not been entirely effective. John is shooting 57.9% at the rim, 22nd best of the 32 guards who are attempting 3 or more around the rim.
Washington is second to last in offensive efficiency. They achieved this feat with a multi-faceted approach. Let’s take a look at the good and bad that have led to this gut-wrenching offensive output.
- Trevor Booker and JaVale McGee have both been strong at finishing around the basket. Booker is shooting an incredibly strong 71.4%, besting the league average of 63.2% by a mile. JaVale, for all his interesting and amusing decisions on both sides of the court, is actually 76 for 76 on dunk attempts. I applaud JaVale’s dunking ability.
- JaVale is 10th in the league in field goal percentage.
- Jordan Crawford’s last few games have been dazzling. While his percentage from deep sinks ever lower, his percentage from the field as a whole has sky rocketed to almost 40%. On top of that, Jordan is shooting 42% from mid-range (16-23 feet), well above the league average for swingmen.
- Nick Young, although struggling in his last few games, has also been surprisingly good from 16 to 23 feet. He is shooting 44% on the year from that range and an impressive 37.5% from deep.
- John Wall’s February
- The 2012 Wizards are on pace for the third worst offensive rating (currently, 97.9) in team history. The two teams with worse ratings, the 1974 Capital Bullets and the 1976 Washington Bullets won a combined 95 games.
- The Wizards have three players in the top 30 of deep two attempts (20-22 feet). John Wall (24th) Nick Young (25th) and Jordan Crawford (30th) are shooting a combined 33% from that distance. The Wiz are 10th in attempting these type of shots, although they are 24th in 3-pointers attempted. They’re shooting better from 3.
- The Wizards settle too often for 16-23 foot jumpers. Although they’re 23rd in the league in hitting them, they’re 5th in taking them. John Wall himself is taking 4.3 a game and only hitting 30%.
- Washington is second to last in assists and assist percentage (% total field goals assisted)