0-6, by the numbers

0-6, by the numbers
November 14, 2012, 10:45 am
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Washington Wizards guard A.J. Price (12) drives past Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena.


Rather than rehash last night's 16-point loss at Charlotte, the lowest point of the Wizards' 0-6 season, thought we would take a basic look at those pesky statistics (Yes, we understand, no John Wall, no Nene. Regardless, the games count).

*Let's start with the scoring, or lack thereof. After tallying 76 points against the Bobcats, Washington is averaging a league-low 86.0 per game while tallying 1.02 points per shot, also last. The Wizards have topped 90 points twice in six games while still waiting to reach triple figures. Meanwhile the Dallas Mavericks, Washington's next opponent, are averaging 101.9 points per game. By the way, from a past is prologue angle, last season's Wizards team, which opened the season with eight straight losses, failed to score at least 100 points until the 13th game.

*Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 12.2 points, the lowest per game average for any team leader. 88 NBA players are averaging more, including Utah guard Randy Foye (12.6), the ex-Wizard acquired in the infamous 2009 trade with Minnesota. Other not-so notable scorers averaging more per game than Washington's leader include Mike Dunleavy, Chandler Parsons and E'Twaun Moore.

*Despite sitting tied with Sacramento at the bottom of the NBA's 3-point shooting list (27.9 percent), the Wizards are launching the third-most attempts (25.7) from beyond the arc. Tuesday's 5 of 31 horror show, which included the starting backcourt of Beal and A.J. Price missing 20 of 23 tries, didn't help the cause.

*Benefitted by the most playing time of his career, Price is averaging 7.7 assists, tied for seventh with Brooklyn's Deron Williams, with a 3.29 assist-to-turnover ratio (13th). Shot selection has been the larger issue; 30.6 field goal percentage, 26.8 from beyond the arc. Only his backup Jannero Pargo has a lower effective FG percentage on the roster than Price's 38.2 (Washington's ranks 28th overall in EFG at 43.8).

*Beal has made 20 of 21 free throws, ranking sixth at 95.2 percent. Martell Webster (90.9) also with only a single miss in 11 attempts. Despite those efforts, Washington ranks 24th at 71.4 percent. More troubling is the lack of attempts, 17.5 per game (28th). By comparison Dwight Howard leads the league at 10.9 free throws per game (Beal leads the Wizards with 3.5). After taking only seven attempts in Saturday's loss at Indiana, the Wizards worked their way into 32 free throws against Charlotte, but missed 11 of them.

*The lack of low post scoring options works against the Wizards in the free throw department. So does the fact that their best interior scorer - Kevin Seraphin - has taken only six more free throws on the season than anyone reading this. The burly Seraphin's 1.2 attempts per game matches his average from last season. Over his career Nene averages 4.6 attempts.

*Of the players with at least 10 field goal attempts on the season, only last season's first rounders - Chris Singleton (13 of 26) and Jan Vesely (8 of 16) - are shooting at least 50 percent. Speaking of Vesely, the sixth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft played 14 scoreless minutes over the last two games, missing four free throws and his only field goal attempt

*Trevor Ariza ranks fifth in steals, averaging 2.33 per game. Washington's starting small forward has worked himself off what was a month-long funk on both ends of the court, though his 34.6 field goal percentage remains unsightly.

*Defensively the Wizards have been solid if not strong at times, allowing 94.2 points (14th), which is why they had late-game chances to win against Indiana and twice against Boston. That likely won't be enough Wednesday in Dallas against a Mavericks team that is scoring at a high clip even without the injured Dirk Nowitzki.