By the numbers: Ariza clicking, Marshall clanking

By the numbers: Ariza clicking, Marshall clanking
March 24, 2014, 10:30 am

This is a simple statistical look at two players Wizards fans have monitored this season. One who plays for the team, Trevor Ariza, and one who never did, Kendall Marshall. This is not an end-all, be-all take on either player, but a moment-in-time look at their respective shooting touch since the All-Star Break.

Let's start with Ariza, who couldn't miss from 3-point earlier this month and who sank 8 of 13 field goal attempts in Washington's disappointing 105-012 loss at the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Since the All-Star break, the small forward ranks sixth in effective field goal percentage thanks to his 48.1 percent clip from beyond the arc.

That's certainly impressive and shows how on fire Ariza was in early March. Though he's cooled off some, Ariza is still shooting 40 percent (8 of 20) on 3's over his last four games.

He certainly hasn't chilled as much as Marshall, who this season has become a "What if" player for many local fans.

Acquired in the pre-season trade for Marcin Gortat, the former North Carolina star never played for the Wizards. After a stretch in the D-League, Marshall signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Wizards struggled for production out of their backup point guard slot, Marshall began racking up one assist after another while playing in coach Mike D'Antoni's free-flowing system.

That led to never-ending Twitter and message board conversations about the Wizards' decision to part with the recent first-round selection. Some that trashed the decision often looked past Washington's roster limitations at the time, coach Randy Wittman's desires (vets trump kids) and that Marshall's stats come on a team compiling one of the league's worst records.

They also had some numbers on their side. The Northern Virgnia native is averaging 9.0 assists per game, just above John Wall's 8.8. He had seven in Friday's loss to Washington, though the Lakers' offense really started humming when Steve Nash, returning from a lengthy injury absence, took over.

Marshall, for most of the season, has been effective when taking his own shot. Since the All-Star break, not so much. In fact, the point guard ranks as the second worst shooter since the league returned to action in mid-February.

On the season, Marshall is a 42 percent shooter from beyond the arc. We'll see how effective his shot is going forward.

(h/t to NBA.com basketball analyst @johnschuhmann, who tweeted out stats this morning as I was in the process of looking for ideas. Perfect timing, for me at least)