Way Dallas Mavericks can improve 3-point shooting: 3. KP getting a few bounces
It is no secret that Kristaps Porzingis can knock down threes. He is a career 35.5 percent 3-point shooter but has connected on just 16 of 56 to start this season. Yes, it is a small sample size of shots in his first games back after missing months of action recovering from offseason knee surgery. Some are worrying about KP already.
Porzingis’ numbers are more misfortune than poor shot selection or lack of skill. He is 12 of 41 on threes classified as open by NBA Stats. Last season, he hit 34.8 percent over 367 attempts, which was a low mark for the Unicorn.
KP connected on 36.7 percent of his 347 catch and shot threes last season, but this year he is 13 of 44. Porzingis is never hesitant to fire away when open.
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are going to continue to create wide open catch and shoot threes for KP. Expect them to start falling too. Porzingis’ 6.2 3-point attempts per game rank third on the team. When he boosts his percentage up to 35-plus, the team’s overall mark will rise significantly. Blame his early struggles on rust and lack of court time as he recovered. They should turn around in no time.
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