Keys to success beyond The Big Three
The Wizards' mix of glasswork, free-throw shooting and better ballhandling has turned them into a unique Eastern Conference contender, stats wiz John Hollinger explains.
Clue No. 1: It's a playoff-bound Eastern Conference team that leads the NBA in offensive rebounding and free-throw attempts.
Clue No. 2: The club ranks 25th in 3-point percentage, 25th in shooting percentage and 27th in assists.
Despite the league's most perimeter-oriented offense, the Wizards post stats that conjure images of the McFilthy-McNasty era. You would expect a team that got so much offense from the backcourt to be near the top of the league in assists, to be adept 3-point shooters and to take relatively few free throws. The Wizards are unusual in that they turn that entire stereotype on its head.