Dallas Mavericks: Will these 5 surprising stats continue down the stretch?
5. THJ’s 3-point percentage
Many questioned the fit of Tim Hardaway Jr. on the Dallas Mavericks roster leading into the season. Everyone knows he can score the ball, but would he thrive next to Luka Doncic? Or would THJ be forced into playing the sixth man role off the bench?
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Part of the fit question was his 3-point percentage. The Mavs want floor spacers around Luka and Kristaps Porzingis. Hardaway Jr. sat at 34.3 percent for his career heading into this season. That is a below league average shooter with a penchant to fire shots.
THJ has transformed into an elite shooter this season. He currently sits at 40.3 percent which ranks 29th in the NBA. Breaking it down to just his 39 starts, Hardaway Jr. is shooting 43.3 percent from downtown on 7.1 attempts per game.
There is no question about the fit next to Doncic either. THJ shoots 44.8 percent on his 3-pointers when Luka passes him the ball according to NBA Stats.
Everything seems real here and should continue. Hardaway Jr. is getting 5.5 open or wide open 3-point attempts per game. That space is allowing him to nail those shots. That is not going to stop with Doncic and Porzingis on the floor for the Mavericks.
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