Even though the Washington Wizards are without star point guard John Wall due to his injury, the team has had incredible ball distribution.
Their assist percentage during the past three games without Wall has been the best in the league, as noted by VICE’s Michael Pina. Their impressive assist ratio (21.6) is better than any other team during this stretch. Their assist-to-turnover ratio (2.14) is the second-best in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal has recorded 23 assists and 10 secondary assists since the injury to Wall. Both marks lead the East during this impressive stretch from the guard. Washington leads the NBA with 30.7 assists per game without their star point guard.
Tomas Satoransky is shooting 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) after passes from Beal during this stretch.
There are three players on the team who have a very strong assist-to-pass percentage since Wall missed his first game on January 30. Otto Porter Jr. (12.0 percent) and Beal (11.7 percent) both rank Top 5 in the East among those who have averaged at least 38 passes per game in their past few times on the court. Tim Frazier (11.4 percent) and Satoransky (10.7 percent) both rank Top 10 when applying the same filter as mentioned above.
When Beal has played with Satoransky, Porter, Morris and Marcin Gortat, the Wizards lead all teams in overall net rating (32.7) among five-man lineups who have played at least 100 minutes together so far this season.
While the sharp shooting from Morris and the overall smooth performances from the team might not be entirely sustainable, it’s a fascinating case study of what might happen to a team when losing their best player to injury.
Without the usage rate of someone like Wall, other skilled players have an opportunity to step up and perform. Washington has a talented roster and they are slowly creeping up the standings in the East.
Their passing might regress toward the mean, but it’s still likely this core is actually able to feed off each other to keep their hot streak alive.