Three point chuckers
Here is a list of guys I think need to either improve their jumpshot, or just stop shooting threes.
Josh Smith- He is barely tolerable as a midrange 15ft shooter, let alone his three point shot. He attempted 221 threes last season, and averages 28% from behind the arc for his career. He hasn't improved his shot much the last 5 years, so he should really just stop chucking threes. He will see his fg% rise significantly.
Monta Ellis- His strength is getting to the basket, not pulling up for threes. Unfortunately he does that too much. He attempted 4 threes a game for the Bucks this past season, shooting at 29%. He is only hurting his team and himself when he shoots threes. I think 2 attempts per game would be even too much. Still one of the most exciting players to watch though.
Demar Derozan- He is still fairly young and his jumpshot is improving, but he still shot too much from downtown last season. 28% last year, and 26% the year before. He is becoming a great scorer, but if he gets a consistent three point shot, he will be one of the elite scorers in the NBA. Same goes for his teammate Rudy Gay.
Corey Brewer- The guy shot 307 threes last year. That's more than Jose Calderon, Bradley Beal and many other respectable shooters took last year. He's too streaky of a shooter to throw up 300 of them.
Dion Waiters- put up and made 2 more than Josh Smith.
BJ Mullens- Shot 208 3 pointers last year WTF?
BJ does what BJ wants.
Dion Waiters missed a lot, but it was his rookie year. I think he just needs some time to adjust to the NBA three point line.
Josh Smith should be fined every time he shoots a three unless it's within 5 seconds of the game or shot clock expiring.
austin rivers should go to walmart and buy a new jump shot to have that right to shoot again.
If he buys it at Walmart, it will break again in a month or two...
I really don't know what goes through Josh Smith's head sometimes, well most of the time. He never should be shooting 3's. If he improved his shot selection his game would drastically improve. The times I've seen him play against the Bulls he's looked really good when he stays around the basket. If only he would stick to facing up from about 15 feet out and posting up. Unfortunately I don't see him changing much.
With the lack of shooters and spacing on the Pistons look for Josh Smith to put the team on his back and chuck up a career high in 3s this year.
Its still Antoine Walker and he's been retired for five years.
Lets not forget the 7footer Bargnani.
Last season he shot 40%fg and 31% on 3's averaging 3.5 attempts per game
The season before he shot 43%fg and 29% on 3's averaging on 3.7 attempts per game
Josh smith shot 46% and 30% on 3's averaging 2.6 attempts per game
The season before he shot 46% and 26% on 3's averaging 1.7 attempts per game
"Did someone say shoot ?"
I always thought that the jump shot should be the easiest thing to improve on. Just pop in a tape of Mark Price or Steve Kerr and shoot the ball like that, right? I guess once you've been shooting one way for your entire life, it's not really that easy.
This guy needs to throttle back on the 3's as well.
Last year attempted 396 from deep and made 149 (37.6%). Over his career he is 35% from three point range.
37% is great I don't know what you're talking about!
Here is proof for Josh Smith
In the 09-10 season, he only took 7 threes all season long. Seriously, only 7. The year before he took 87 and made 29.9%, while the next year he took 154 and made 33.1%.
It's no coincidence that in that same year he averaged a career high 50.5% from the field. He also had his second best rebounding year at 8.7, best year in offensive rebounding at 2.8, tied for best season in assists with 4.2, best in steals at 1.6, best in A/TO and STL/TO ratios as well.
I also think it is no coincidence that the Hawks finished with their best record at 53-29 that year.
This guy is so extremely talented, versatile, and athletic, that when he plays the right way, great things can happen. If the Pistons can continue to develop their young core, while getting guys like Smith and Jennings to play the right way, they can be scary good in a couple years. If not, then it is the Hawks all over again, never good enough to win it all, but never bad enough for the lottery.
Good point. You would think that watching videos would help. But guys like Steve Kerr never really took that many 3's. They weren't volume shooters. Mark Price was great, but probably a big outlier. There haven't been many guys who can not only shoot like him, but score, pass, and run the team. Steph Curry is a guy who is like that. And, not everyone can be Steph Curry either.
If guys can't hit a 3 pointer then they should move in and try to master the mid-range jumper. Knocking down 15 to 18 foot jumpers is more valuable than clanking 3's. Start there, then move down to the baseline, then corner 3's. Finally try knocking down straight away 3 pointers.
And continue to watch all of Pistol Pete Maravich's instructional videos.
Dion showed improvement with his shot selection midway through the season. He was even better during summer league. He'll be fine.
No Ryan Anderson?! As big as he is he has zero post up moves....what about Andrea Bargani?
Anderson also shot about 39% from 3. And made 213 3's. That's just over how many BJ Mullens ATTEMPTED.
josh smith loves shooting ... thug life...
Jennings is a pretty good passer compared to who Josh Smith actually had so I look for Smith to put up solid numbers but since he is sharing with other forwards, it may not look as huge as it will be for Detroit. Also he may actually have to shoot more 3's to open up the game for Monroe and Drummonds. Most will be wide open so I hope he practices it a lot.
In ATL Josh Smith could shoot open 3s as well... just because the opposing team let him shoot the open three...