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Since the start of the season, folks have obsessed over this team’s three-point shooting as compared to last year’s team.
Maybe it’s because Antoine Walker leads the team in three-point attempts this year as opposed to Damon Jones last year, but there’s a perception that this year’s team is a significantly worse three-point shooting group.
Actually, if you take four shooters from last year’s regular rotation players (Damon Jones, Eddie Jones, Rasual Butler and Keyon Dooling), they combined to shoot 39.2 percent from three.
Take four shooters from this year’s regulars (Jason Williams, James Posey, Antoine Walker and Jason Kapono), they have combined to shoot the exact same 39.2 percent on threes so far this year. And that includes 18 games without Shaq.
Even Gary Payton, who started the season off horribly from three-point range, has shot 41.7 percent from three-point range since Nov. 26.
And now that Shaq is back to his old tricks, the shooting percentage from inside the arc should improve, too. This year the team is shooting 49.7 percent on two-pointers, compared to last year’s team that shot 51.3 percent from inside the arc.




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