Zenzibar wrote:Jeff Van Gully wrote:Zenzibar wrote:
DSJ's struggles are basically his mid-range game and Chris Paul is a master at it. Hopefully, CP3 can perform some Yoda type-mind transplant on DSJ.
The King of Mid-Range
Chris Paul may have the best mid-range pull-up in the NBA. He takes a high percentage of his shots from between 10-feet to the 3pt line.
Let’s compare CP3 to two other elite sharpshooter point-guards, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry.
% of Shots Made From 10-feet to the 3pt Line:
Chris Paul – 50%
Stephen Curry – 36%
Kyrie Irving – 28%
You can clearly see that Paul easily shoots more pull-ups than both Steph and Kyrie.
Now let’s look at Paul’s shooting percentage compared to Steph from 16-feet to the 3pt line.
% of Shots Made from 16-feet to the 3pt Line:
Chris Paul – 48.7%
Stephen Curry – 39.4%
That’s a big difference!
Head to Head – Paul and Curry
Chris Paul Shooting Mechanics
Let’s break down Paul’s shooting mechanics and his favorite moves.
Paul is a turn shooter, meaning that he turns his legs when he shoots.
He’s also a dipper when shooting off the pass, meaning that he lowers the ball a bit when catching it before pulling it up.
In addition, he uses the sweep & sway technique (especially when shooting 3s) – his feet move forward and his shoulders sway back. This allows him to get better range and better arc on his shot.
And one more thing Chris does is to hop – he is so quick off the dribble because he dominates with the hop. He hops… and hops… and he’s hard to stop.
I think this is due to his height (5’11”). The smaller the player is, the more he probably needs to hop. And at 5’11”, Paul is a really small guy for the NBA.
But what he lacks in height, he makes up for with his shot. He has made the mid-range pull-up fade-away an impossible shot to block.
And to top it off, he also has a solid floater which enables him to finish over big defenders after he’s done slicing through the defense.
analytics people hate it, but it's free candy if you're a good shooter. teams hardly even defend the midrange anymore. i get the risk/return element. i also get trying to make that same shot a three if you can. but the best shot is an open one. if the defense is handing you the 15-footer, you'd be well served to take the basket.
i wouldn't run a play for it necessarily. but in your reading and reacting you might see an open spot on the floor from the elbow. eat up.
That's actually Kawhi's bread and butter, was Kobe and MJ's as well.
it still works. kawhi just won a title for a rag tag bunch of scrappers doing just that.
i recognize kawhi is a machine and an aberration. but if you got it like that and can shoot 50% from the floor doing it...