In terms of winning percentage and shooting, two kind of big things in basketball, this lockout-shortened season could be rock-bottom for the rebuild of the Washington Wizards. And in terms of record books and scoring, it is. They scored 64 points tonight against Chicago, a franchise all-time low, to 78 points for the Bulls. The previous Washington franchise low was 65 points scored in an away game against the New Jersey Nets on December 13, 2002.
The Wizards shot 31-percent from the field on Wednesday in Chicago, at least they shot 36.6-percent that night in New Jersey — and Michael Jordan and Larry Hughes were chucking up shots (14-34 FGs, 31 points combined) instead of Jordan Crawford and Nick Young (6-23 FGs, 19 points combined).
Speaking of Young and Crawford, their shooting and passing stats this year:
>Crawford is shooting 33.3% from the field
while averaging 17.9 FGAs per 36 minutes as well as 3.6 assists/36.
>Young is shooting 37.7% from the field
while averaging 16.8 FGAs per 36 minutes as well as 1.7 assists/36.
In Young’s first five NBA seasons, he’s averaged 2.0, 1.9, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.9 assists per 36 minutes. So he’s not passing as much as ever so far in his sixth season.
In terms of Crawford, pretty much no one since 1961 has averaged more than 18 minutes per game and greater than 17.5 FGAs per 36 minutes while shooting less than 34% from the field… Other than Jamal Crawford with the Portland Trailblazers this season. How fitting.
Nick Young is 26-years old. Jordan Crawford is 23-years old. Um… Kids?
Otherwise, Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker look like great starters and JaVale McGee, dare I say, is making encouraging progress.
Oh yea, John Wall did this: