I found this interesting after talking to Thaddeus Young before tonight's game against the Miami Heat. We all remember how hot Young was at the start of this season -- he even said tonight that he "came out on fire at the beginning of the season." No argument here. Through five games, Young was shooting 56.0 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the three-point line. He was averaging 16.0 points.
Gradually, those numbers have crept lower. Now, through 48 games, he is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the three-point line. He is averaging 13.5 points a game.
Young said that, lately, he's been watching a lot of game tape of his outside shot. He said he noticed the following about his percentages:
1.) When he catches the ball stationary, holds it, then decides he's open for the shot, his percentage plummets.
2.) When he catches the ball in motion, uses a 1-2 pivot (which would be planting his inside foot first, then swinging around and planting his outside foot. Or, if he's catching with a step towards the rim -- not towards the ball -- it would be planting one foot, then the other), then shoots, he makes it about half the time.
3.) When he catches the ball in motion, and uses a jumpstop (both feet land at the same time -- yeah, I know that's self-explanatory), his shooting percentage is at his highest.
This is interesting, because it's a good thing to keep an eye on when Young shoots the ball. At the beginning of the season, he looked like he would be a deadly threat from outside. He still contributes -- 38 made on the season -- but 33.0 percent isn't lighting the world on fire. Still, now that he has watched and deduced the aforementioned about his in-shot footwork, it might help his outside percentage (We know he don't need no help on that lefty floater).