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Bradley Beal had 31 points that night, but the Wizards were Wall’s show. He possessed the ball for 11 minutes per game that series while Beal was a distant second on the team, averaging only 2.8 minutes. Wall had the ball in his hands for more minutes per game than any player in the NBA from 2013-14 to 2018-19, per NBA Advanced Stats. Wall was the star and Beal was the sidekick, and though there wasn’t always harmony between the two, or even among the team at large, the hierarchy worked. The Wizards made four postseason appearances, and at one point were seen as one of the NBA’s rising young teams.
Storyline: Wall-Beal Dynamic
This season, Beal took command. With Wall out since December 2018 due to Achilles injuries, Beal averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists with a 57.9 true shooting percentage this season, numbers that have been exceeded in a single season by only Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and James Harden. But the Wizards have treaded water at 24-40, and though they made the cut to resume play in Orlando later this month, their season is basically over: Wall, Beal (rotator cuff injury), and breakthrough stretch big Davis Bertans (free agency) will all sit out the restart. To qualify for the postseason play-in tournament, the Wizards would need to win two or more games than the Nets or Magic with only eight games to play. Good luck doing that when Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr., and Rui Hachimura are your new Big Three.
That’s a byproduct of a super long stay in the league that spanned four different decades and him changing teams way more often than your typical big-name player. The All-Star swingman shared the floor with 261 different teammates through 21 seasons, which puts him way ahead of Juwan Howard and, for now, also Tyson Chandler and Trevor Ariza.
Throughout the 1990s, few teams were as bad as Dallas, with only the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies (who didn’t even come into existence until 1995-96) having a worse win rate in that decade (20.6 percent) than the Mavericks (30.3). Once Nowitzki came into his own, though, Dallas became a perennial winner and consistently one of the top teams in the NBA. From Dirk’s rookie season in 1998-99 through his final campaign in 2018-19, the Mavericks owned the second-best win percentage in the Associaton (59 percent) trailing just the San Antonio Spurs (70 percent).
This week, we’re taking a peek at those same superstars, but this time, looking at the winning percentages of the opponents that they lost to in the postseason. The first thing that jumps out is that although LeBron James beat weaker competition than most legends on average, he also lost to stronger squads than anybody else, mostly due to all of those Finals series against juggernaut Golden State Warriors teams. The teams who defeated LeBron James in the playoffs combined for a whopping 608-212 regular-season record, good for a winning percentage of 74.1 percent.
Looking through other notable stars on our list, LeBron James finds himself down in the rankings at No. 14, as the playoff opponents he defeated boasted a 60 percent win rate, a product of him spending the vast majority of his career in the much weaker Eastern Conference. (The same can be said of Magic Johnson, who’s 20th on our list, due to the fact that the West was pretty weak overall in the ’80s.)
“Our braintrust did a great job of signing guys that fit into what we planned to do with Luka Dončić, with Kristaps Porziņģis,” Carlisle said on the podcast. ” … A lot of this, in the NBA, the success of the team, comes down to who your best players are. With Dončić and Porziņģis, we’ve set ourselves up well from the offensive side of the ball. Coming out of the hiatus, the majority of our emphasis is going to be to continue to improve defensively. We started out the season somewhere in the 20s rank-wise. We’re now up in sort of the middle ranks of all the teams in the league (17th in Defensive Rating, at 111.5, per basketball-reference.com), and we want to continue moving up. And our goal is to get in the top 10.”
Justin Kubatko: Dennis Rodman recorded 158 games with at least 20 rebounds in his career, the most such games since the ABA-NBA merger. Rodman’s career total is four more than the combined totals of Hall of Famers Charles Barkley (54), Dikembe Mutombo (52), and Hakeem Olajuwon (48).
ESPN Stats: Michael Jordan averaged 33.7 points in Game 7s. That is the second-most all-time among players to play in at least 3 Game 7s. LeBron James is the only player to have averaged more. #TheLastDance

Storyline: GOAT Debate
Paul’s 55.7 percent on 2-point field goals is the best, and it’s by a significant margin over Nash’s 54 percent. Nash is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, a player whose shotmaking ability improved with age. From age 33 to 35, Nash posted three consecutive seasons of 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line. Nash said Paul’s success into his 30s is pretty simple. “He’s talented. He’s diligent. He’s worked extremely hard at his craft,” Nash told The Athletic. “Now he has experience as well.
It might sound like an excuse, but James legitimately has a history of facing incredibly difficult odds when it comes to his Finals opponents, which has in turn greatly swayed his record in the all-important championship series. The teams that have beaten him in the playoffs boasted a 74.1 percent win percentage in the regular season – the highest mark among 25 NBA legends we looked up, ahead of Durant (73.3 percent) and Jordan (71.3).
According to our historical database, Scottie Pippen is one of only two NBA players since 1980 to average at least 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game over the course of an NBA season, which he did through 72 games in 1993-94. The other? Michael Jordan in 1989, when MJ averaged 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 2.9 steals in 81 games. Pippen’s 1993-94 campaign was further proof that he could have absolutely thrived in a LeBron James-style, jumbo lead ball-handler role with shooters surrounding him.
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Langston Galloway. Contract status: Free agent after the season. Odds he returns: 50 percent. Analysis: Galloway’s shooting was a bit inconsistent during the first two years of a three-year, $21 million contract he signed in 2017. However, this season, he was as consistent as anyone on the roster. Galloway was the only Piston to appear in every game, was arguably the team’s second-best on-ball defender and shot 39.9 percent from 3 on a career-high five attempts per game. Furthermore, Galloway improved as a finisher around the rim. This season, 11 percent of his shot attempts came within 0-3 feet from the basket, and while that’s not an eye-popping percentage by any means, it’s the most of Galloway’s career. He converted on a solid 67.8 percent of those attempts.
Storyline: Langston Galloway Free Agency
Redick seemed to question the fit of some of the supporting pieces around the two stars, though. “The numbers kinda say that, when they’re on the court together, they do pretty good: 2018, pretty good (for reference: +15.5 net rating); 2019, pretty good (+7.9 net rating); 2020, still pretty good, but not as good (+0.9 net rating), right?” Redick said. “I don’t think they’re changing, so maybe the people around them are changing. That, to me, just goes back to the right fit and the right pieces. “I think that they (Embiid and Simmons) can fit together, for sure,” Redick concluded.
Storyline: Embiid-Simmons Dynamic
O’Neale joins Muscala as the only other eligible player with over 60% of their shots taken with a defender six or more feet away. He’s shooting 41.6% from three when wide-open for the season, but, most interestingly, he shows an innate ability to predict the future. O’Neale consistently got more distant over the months of the season, peaking at 80% of his March field goal attempts happening with a six-foot minimum gap.
Conley struggled out of the gate. He shot 28.6% from three in October. He shot 37.4% from the floor in November. He missed floaters, a bread-and-butter shot. He wasn’t efficient in pick-and-rolls. His assist-to-turnover ratio stunk. His defense wasn’t very good. In early December, he strained a hamstring. Without him, the Jazz improved. Conley doesn’t hide from questions about his problems. He’ll just tell you he doesn’t have all the answers. Sitting at his locker in Boston last week, Conley admitted the early adjustments were rough. He played 12 seasons in Memphis. He played mostly one style. Like everyone else, he heard how he was supposed to be the player to push Utah further into the postseason. Like everyone else, he believed it.
“When I came into this thing, I was like, ‘man, we’ve got a lot talent.’” Conley told SI.com. “I got a lot of players here. I don’t know if I’m going to do the same things I’m going to be able to do. We have five, six guys that can start, three or four of them that can average 20 points a game. I don’t even know when I’m going to have the ball. In Memphis I always had the ball. So it’s just a change of my role and, and I’m okay with that but it was hard. The public could look at it and say, ‘Oh, he’s not doing the same things he’s normally doing. He can’t do it anymore.’ But it’s like, man, I’m just trying to play the role I can play for this team that best helps us win with the talent that we have.”