The Wizards Can Score, But At What Cost?

People better start believing in the Washington Wizards.

At 7—17, the Wizards are not a very good basketball team. That statement shouldn’t shock anyone, what should shock people is how the Wizards stack up offensively to the rest of the NBA

The Wizards are not just statistically a good offensive team, they are a great one. The Wizards roster looks like the NBA equivalent of the island of misfit toys, but still has one of the best offenses in the NBA. 

Washington has the league’s fourth-most efficient offense, and are fourth in points scored per game putting up nearly 119 a night. 

If you have taken the time to watch a Wizards game this season, which probably most of you haven’t, it is obvious why Washington has such a high offensive efficiency. They run more than any team in the NBA, and they share the ball more than any team NBA.  The WIzards currently sit first in the league in pace of play, and first in total team assists per game. This recipe has helped the Wizards eclipse the 120 point mark an astonishing ten times already this season. 

Bradley Beal has turned himself into an offensive juggernaut contributing 28.3 points and 7.3 assists a night. Moritz Wagner is playing as he did at Ann Arbor. Rui Hachimura is looking like a legitimate ROY candidate and Davis Bertans is a certified flamethrower.

Bradley Beal showing off his infamous smile during a Feb. 12 game vs. the Detroit Pistons.

So with all this going right for the Wizards on the offensive end, why are they struggling to win games? It’s because they play absolutely hysterical defense.

They’re the NBA’s worst defense by over one full point per 100 possessions. Nightly they give up 123 points which ranks last in the Association, and on over two separate occasions have given up over 150- both times the games did not go to overtime. 

The way the Wizards play basketball is certainly not sustainable if you want to be a winning team, but it has made for some wildly entertaining basketball. 

Currently sitting at No. 12 in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards are in striking distance of the No. 8 seed thanks to just how awful the Eastern Conference is. 

 If the Wizards can learn how to play just a little bit of defense sneaking into the playoffs is not out of question for DC. However, until then remember to SMASH the over in every game they play. 

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