Some shooting numbers
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Some shooting numbers
In the NBA there are currently only four players who've taken over 200 three pointers this season and are also shooting under 30.0 percent on those three pointers.
I'm assuming that (considering you're reading this blog) it won't come as any surprise who one of those four players is: 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala. Entering tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls (who have lost 10 in a row), Iguodala has attempted 267 three pointers this season. He's made 67, which is good for an average of 1.1 made three pointer a game on 3.9 attempted three pointers a game.
Entering tonight's game, Iguodala is shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the arc. He's made 1 of his last 26 attempts. Iguodala's career percentage from three is 31.6 percent; he shot 30.7 percent from three during the 2008-09 season.
So who are the other three players? Surpringly: Dwyane Wade (222 attempts, 29.7 percent), Rasheed Wallace (261 attempts, 28.4 percent), and Baron Davis (262 attempts, 28.2 percent). The only two players also shooting under 50.0 percent on 2-point field goals are Davis and Iguodala.
Wade has shot poorly lately, as has Iguodala, dropping Wade below 30.0 percent just in the last few days.
Sixers (24-45) play the Chicago Bulls (31-37) in a few minutes. Chicago has lost 10 games in a row: losing to the Pacers, Hawks, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Jazz, Magic, Heat, Grizzlies, Mavericks, and Cavaliers.
After Monday night's home loss to the New York Knicks, a game in which Iguodala shot 0 for 7 from three, Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said all those three pointers were good shots because they were the end result of the offense. Jordan said if Iguodala passed on those shots, the Sixers would have been out of position for rebounders, might have ended the possession in a shot-clock violation instead, etc. You can't argue too much with that specific logic, only wonder why the end result of the possession wasn't a three-point shot for a decent-to-good three-point shooter (Jrue Holiday, Jason Kapono, heck, even Lou Williams at this point).
It isn't hard to find an open three-pointer for Iguodala; I'd go so far as to say that is the desired outcome of every defensive possession for the opponent.
We'll have more about Iguodala's three-point shooting tomorrow, but it's become a topic of concern (as concerned as you can become at this point of such a bad season).