ShareBullets: The Rare Assist
In contrast to John Wall dropping a Rookie-Sophomore game record 22 assists on Friday night, an NBA team achieving single digits in assists over the course of a regular season game is a pretty rare feat. According to the Basketball-Reference.com database, it’s occurred just 194 times since the 1986-87 season (the extent of BBR’s game box score database). So in roughly 0.3-percent of NBA games over the last 25 seasons. And of course, your Washington Wizards did just that on Wednesday night in Orlando, tallying a mere eight dimes divided up amongst Kirk Hinrich, who had three, along with one each from and John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Josh Howard, Andray Blatche and Hilton Armstrong.
Teams have now put up a single-digit assist total five times this season. The Orlando Magic dropped five assists in a 26 point loss to the Miami Heat in just their second game on the 2010-11 season (the day after Orlando blew out the Wizards by 29 points in their season home opener). The Magic also had just nine team assists in a 80-74 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on December 6, 2010. The Portland Trailblazers had eight assists in a 100-86 loss to the New York Knicks on January 11, 2011. And surprisingly enough, Chris Paul’s New Orleans Hornets put up a league season low four assists for a team in a 88-70 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on December 12, 2010.
The Wizards last achieved the single-digit assist mark with nine on December 23, 2008 against the Charlotte Bobcats. That game, Mike James started at the point and went 4-16 from the field with one assist. DeShawn Stevenson and Nick Young were the only guards off the bench and Caron Butler led the team with four assists.
In regular season games since 1986-87, Washington has nine single-digit assist games — five with nine assists and four games with eight (and the franchise has a 2-9 record in these matches). So essentially, last Wednesday, the Wizards tied a franchise low for assists as a team over the last 25 seasons (including this season) — an environment of 1,990 games.
The franchise’s all-time low for assists in a game came on October 16, 1963 — in the season home opener against the Boston Celtics, in the franchise’s very first game in existence in Baltimore — with three whole assists in 109-95 loss to the Celtics. (Note: For current team accounting purposes, that was also first game in franchise history — the team doesn’t count the two seasons in Chicago, otherwise, the current season would be No. 50. Instead, season 50 will be celebrated in 2012-13).
So, although Wizards fans are well used to the losing, some of the “accomplishments” this season are still pretty rare … like that whole 0-25 start on the road thing. Here’s to the Wizards coming out of the All-Star break energized, refreshed and really to compete for a full 48 minutes, and sometimes more.
To know what Kwame Brown was thinking when he visited the Verizon Center this season and stopped to observe John Wall. TAI’s Rashad Mobley writes at…
What I believe is an accurate picture of the Wizards at the trade deadline.
Earlier this week, I did the write-up for the Most Improved Player Award as part of the NBA Awards Watch on ESPN.com. I included Nick Young on the list, but will his play keep his name in the conversation when he mostly just scores on a high volume of shots?
Michael Lee had a good profile on John Wall in the paper.
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The good part of Rashard Lewis’ legacy as a member of the Orlando Magic derives from when he was instrumental in beating the heavily favored LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.
Good read about the whole Tim Donaghy … yes, it hasn’t gone away yet. And it seems much more likely that Donaghy did fix games than he didn’t as some, including himself, have claimed.
A pretty good interview with James Singleton, a Washington Wizard briefly last season who is now playing in China.
To one question as to why he chose to play in China instead of the NBA, Singleton says:
Being in the NBA, there’s a lot of politics to the game. It doesn’t really depend on how talented you are; it depends on who you’re good with sometimes. I hate to say it, but that’s just the way it is. It’s a business, basically.
Sounds “funny” … because as it was evident at the time, NBA teams were only offering Singleton an NBA minimum salary; it’s understood that China was offering more money. Singleton clears things up when asked if he’d return to the NBA:
Yeah, I would go back to the NBA next season. But it has to a more lucrative decision. The same thing that made me pick overseas over the NBA. It’s more of a business decision than anything. What people fail to understand is that at the end of the day it’s a business.