James Gatz wrote:It really depends on how well he shoots from there. I tried to look it up but wasn't able to see how well he shot from various 3pt ranges.
He shot 25% on 6.7 3PA's per game - that's a huge sample size. How much more do you need to acknowledge that his shooting sucks, but he doesn't seem to know it and keeps taking them?
Trae taking 30 footers helps because it draws defenders even further out
Trae, Steph and Dame are taking them..........BECAUSE THEY CAN MAKE THEM!!!
I don't think you can really say "his shooting sucks" based purely on 80 3PA he took in 12 games. It's a bigger context when you factor in FT%, 3PA, and shooting touch.
Lets put those 80 shots in perspective:
- 4 of those 80 were on full court heaves
- If he had just made 5 more shots he would have shot 33% (25/76)
- 5 shots isn't really significant
- 80 shots is too small a sample size
I agree that he needs to improve his shooting. It's going to be his swing skill. If he's an average shooter then he's the best pick in the draft. My point is that his confidence to take shots shouldn't be drilled out of him. If he can hit 30 footers, then he should take them. He has shown the ability to take/make them. I'd want to see actually numbers before I say it is without a doubt a horrible shot.
I'm more worried about shot selection which is tied into his 30 foot bombs. Those shouldn't be the norm. They should only be taken when it's the best shot given. For all we know he's better with those deep shots than is he when does the cat/mouse pull up contested 3.
From the article I posted early concludes the shooting section this way. It's definitely a nice overview of how we could potentially look at his shooting.