Saturday’s victory vs. the Charlotte Bobcats isn't the only evidence that the Wizards are better with Garrett Temple in the starting lineup instead of Trevor Ariza.
The numbers show it. With Bradley Beal out with a sprained left ankle for his third consecutive game, coach Randy Wittman opted to for Temple because he’s a better ball-handler and that allows the offense to run more smoothly.
The Wizards have played with Temple alongside John Wall, Nene, Emeka Okafor and Martell Webster in nine games for 118 minutes this season. They shoot 49.2% from the field and 42.3% from three-point range and have 57 assists.
With Ariza in his place with that same group (nine games, 58 minutes), the Wizards produce only 40.4% shooting and dip to 31.8% from three and just 26 assists
The irony is that Temple only scored two points in the 104-87 victory vs. Charlotte while Ariza had a team-high 26 off the bench. The Wizards shot 50% (35 of 70) for the game, 55.6% from three-point range (55.6%) and had 23 assists.
In the previous game, a lopsided loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Wizards shot just 35.6% and 17.6% from three with Ariza as the starter. They generated 18 assists, five fewer.