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Randy Wittman on ‘Analytical B.S.’

Updated: December 5, 2013


[A rare smile from #WittmanFace]

The ol’ ball coach is just that: old (OK, 54 ain’t that old), a coach, and he has balls.

After his team practiced on Thursday before facing the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Randy Wittman was asked a couple of statistical-based questions, somewhat revealing that he is who we though he was: not a coach fully in tune with “analytical bullshit.” (Which is why the Wizards have other guys on their staff and in the front office who pay attention to such—Randy has other fish to fry.)

On the improvement of his team from close range, sarcastically:

“We’ve been working on our layups … we work every day on our layup lines. At zero-point-two meters, we’re pretty good at scoring…”

On if he looks at where his team can improve (in terms of shot attempt locations):

“You kind of look at that as you’re watching tape and breaking down your team—‘we’re not finishing at the rim’—I don’t need some guy in the rafters up there to tell me that we’re not shooting a very good percentage at the rim, or at 18-feet, or 3-point range, or free throw line.”

I asked Wittman about his team’s ability to keep opponents off the free throw line. Per the previous TAI post on what the Wizards are doing well, statistically, Washington is one of the top three teams in the league in terms of having a low opponent free throw attempt ratio in comparison to their field goal attempts. (Washington also fouls teams at the third-lowest rate in the NBA.)

After jokingly waxing poetic about “defending the free throw line,” the O.B.C. got into his answer:

“I thought we fouled too many jump shooters last year. And that was an emphasis this year from our defensive standpoint, is to contest but don’t foul. I think that has cut way down. You can foul, and you’re not in the bonus, you got to take it out of bounds.

“I think our guys are much more cognizant of—‘Alright, we got four team fouls, so the next one their shooting free throws’—so not taking a gamble on the free throw line, offensive rebound, hit somebody in the back of the head, they go walk down to the other end and shoot two free throws. I think we’ve gotten better of understanding, ‘OK, they’re in the bonus now, we can’t be quite as aggressive.’”

Watch below for live-action moving words on the above from Randy Wittman:


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