Wizards Season In Numbers


Numbers can tell a story. These days, you can look at the box score of a game and get a pretty good idea of how that game played out without even having to watch it. If you are one of the millions of Americans who haven’t seen a Wizards game this year, you might (or might not) be wondering why the Wizards only won 20 games in 66 tries. Here are some of the numbers that tell the story of the 2011-2012 Washington Wizards:

The Bad:

  • The Wizards started the season with 12 straight games of scoring less than 100 points. They were 1-11 over that same stretch. The Wizards put together another streak later in the season of 11 games without breaking the century mark. Over that stretch they were 1-10. Take away those streaks from the Wizards’ season and they finish with a record of 18-25.
  • The team was not very successful at all throughout the year, but the difference under the two coaches is pretty remarkable. Under Flip Saunders, the Wizards had a record of 2-15 for a winning percentage of .118. When Randy Wittman took over, the Wizards finished the season 18-31 for a winning percentage of .367. That’s also better than the .280 winning percentage the team posted last year in 82 games under Saunders. You know it’s been rough when winning 36% of your games is an improvement.
  • There were two NBA players this season that attempted at least 20 three-pointers and made less than 10% of those. Wall hit 34 three-pointers last year and made almost 30% of his attempts.
    Totals Shooting
    Player Season Age Tm G GS MP 3P 3PA 3P%
    John Wall 2011-12 21 WAS 66 66 2386 3 42 .071
    Donald Sloan 2011-12 24 TOT 33 11 669 2 25 .080
    Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/1/2012.
  • There was only one player in the NBA this season who attempted more than 800 shots while playing less than 28 minutes per game.
    Totals Shooting
    Player Season Tm GS MP FG FGA PTS FG% MP
    Jordan Crawford 2011-12 WAS 32 1753 349 872 938 .400 27.4
    Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/1/2012.
  • Eight players in the NBA attempted at least 850 shots and had a field goal percent of 43% or worse. Two of those players were Washington Wizards John Wall and Jordan Crawford. The Wizards are the only team with two players on that list.
    Totals Shooting
    Player Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA PTS FG% 3P%
    Danny Granger IND NBA 62 62 2062 391 941 1159 .416 .381
    Kobe Bryant LAL NBA 58 58 2232 574 1336 1616 .430 .303
    Brandon Jennings MIL NBA 66 66 2331 469 1121 1260 .418 .332
    Deron Williams NJN NBA 55 55 1999 391 961 1154 .407 .336
    John Wall WAS NBA 66 66 2386 378 894 1076 .423 .071
    Antawn Jamison CLE NBA 65 65 2151 421 1044 1118 .403 .341
    DeMar DeRozan TOR NBA 63 63 2206 381 903 1054 .422 .261
    Jordan Crawford WAS NBA 64 32 1753 349 872 938 .400 .289
    Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/1/2012.

The Good:

  • The Wizards put together a couple of impressive and not-so-impressive streaks this season. They finished the season with six straight wins. The last time the Wizards strung together that many wins was in November of 2007. In that six game streak, the Wizards won in Chicago and twice against Miami, the number one and two seeds in the Eastern conference respectively.
  • In the last four games of the season, John Wall had at least 12 assists in each game. Wall is the only player not named Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash to have a streak that long this year.
  • The last two seasons, the Wizards have 919 blocked shots. The only team with more is the Oklahoma City Thunder with 1026.
  • John Wall averaged .9 blocks per game this season. Wall is one of eight players to play in all 66 games this year and have at least that many blocked shots. Wall is the only guard on that list of players and the only player under 6’9″.
  • John Wall, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant were the only players this season to start all 66 games for their teams and play at least 36 minutes per game.
  • Not surprisingly, the Wizards were one of the better fastbreak teams in the league this year. They finished third with 17.9 fastbreak points per game. The Wizards scored 19% of their points this year in fastbreak situations.
  • The Wizards were sixth in the league in points in the paint this season at 43 per game. They ranked 13th in that category in 2010-2011 and 26th in 2009-2010.
  • 20 NBA players attempted 300 or more shots and made at least 53% in the 2011-2012 season. Four of those players (Trevor Booker, Nene, JaVale McGee, Kevin Seraphin) played for the Wizards.
  • John Wall improved or stayed close to the same in every statistical category from his rookie to sophomore season except his three point shooting which fell from 30% to 7%
  • In 2010-2011, the Wizards were 3-38 (.073) on the road. This season they finished 9-24 (.272).

There are a million different ways to look at this season. These are just some of the things that stood out to me. There were certainly signs of improvement this year, but the Wizards still have a lot of work to do in order to get back into the playoff race.

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