Seeing as the Wizards are halfway through their preseason slate, thought it would be a good time to check out how the team looks, statistically speaking. Today, the backcourt...
Bradley Beal: 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 43.5 FG pct, 35.7 3ptFG pct, 83.3 FT pct, 0.75 tpg, 27.5 mpg
- The rookie leads Washington in scoring and is tied with Trevor Ariza for the team lead in steals (1.25). Preseason or not, less than one turnover per game for a 19-year-old newbie (or any active scorer) is rather impressive. Beal's 3-point clip is up from the 33.9 percent he shot at Florida despite having to launch from a greater distance. The 6-foot-4 guard is also showing the same willingness to grab rebounds as he did with the Gators and has more offensive rebounds (five) than the taller Ariza or Martell Webster. Though you wonder if the Wizards would want to throw the first rounder into the starting lineup fire right away - especially without John Wall in the lineup - Beal continues to impress in every situation, including Monday's matchup against perennial All-Star Joe Johnson.
Jordan Crawford: 12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 37.3 FG pct, 25.0 3ptFG pct, 88.9 FT pct, 2.75 tpg, 24.0 mpg
- Playing around three minutes less per game so far compared to last year, Crawford's scoring is down slightly from the 14.7 he averaged last season, but his assists are up a touch - as are his turnovers. Never a strong percentage shooter, Crawford's accuracy from the field is also down - including from beyond the arc where he made only 28.9 percent of his tries last year. Playing as part of the Wizards starting unit that struggled mightily especially during the first two games didn't help. Crawford's shown steadier form when coming off the bench and paired with Shelvin Mack in the backcourt.
A.J. Price: 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 37.5 FG pct, 30.0 3ptFG pct, 70 FT pct, 2.0 tpg, 16.5 mpg
- These numbers reflect what you see in Price's game: eh. The third-year guard is solid and largely steady, but doesn't stand out in any one area. On some level that makes the variance for his future playing time hardest to gauge. If the Wizards frontcourt is intact by opening night, then Price's competent game arguably makes the most sense as Washington's starter. If more offense is required, then Pargo (a better 3-point shooter) or Mack (a better scorer, finisher) could move ahead of Price in the rotation.
Shelvin Mack: 5.8 ppg, 1.5, rpg, 3.8 apg, 50.0 FG pct, 50.0 3ptFG pct, 50.0 FT pct, 0.75 tpg, 17.0 mpg
- That's no typo, Mack is making exactly half of his shots from all angles (he's only taken four 3's and two free throws), which is a marked improvement from the 40 percent he shot last year from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. His ability to make shots in traffic, floaters or otherwise, has been apparent. The Wizards assist leader to date, Mack's also looked more aggressive, confident as a distributor, a trait he rarely displayed during the Las Vegas Summer League. Perhaps no player has seen their stock rise more during the preseason, though that's not to say Mack will start or even be on the second unit (or for that matter, make the roster, though it seems likely he sticks around unless a numbers crunch elsewhere on the roster forces the Wizards hand). Still, Randy Wittman has confidence in Mack and that goes a long way.
Jannero Pargo: 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 33.3 FG pct, 20.0 3ptFG pct, 50.0 FT pct, 4.33 tpg, 19.0 mpg
- Added to the roster following word of John Wall's injury, the 33-year-old Pargo brought experience and perimeter shooting to a backcourt that lacked both. Though his offensive inclinations are evident, that hasn't translated into the kind of numbers the Wizards desire. Pargo has committed the most turnovers (13) on the roster despite playing one less game than most. The 3-point shooting speaks for itself, though his 35.4 career percentage from distance says more. There are reasons why Pargo maintains a spot in the NBA; his confidence is evident and in the right situation can be a real weapon. There are reasons why Pargo has bounced around the league during his career; not always knowing how to temper his offensive exuberance comes to mind. At a basic level the turnovers must come way down or the Wizards might as well go young and let their kids learn from their mistakes.