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The 50% also includes the freebies. If you’re adding more 2’s, you’re going to get a higher ratio of tough buckets in the paint and less freebies. I don’t believe he puts more pressure on the defense by driving. JC isn’t a guy who slashes the defense and gets the blender going. He’s a guy who works hard to get to his spot and shoots it. He puts much more of a strain on the defense by spacing floor as a catch and shoot player and deep shooter against a drop. Those are the shots he needs to focus on.
His shot distribution isn’t dramatically different than it was last year anyways. What is dramatically different is that his shooting percentages, from every spot on the floor is down. So when you say “do what you did last year”, what you’re really saying is just make more shots. That’s the main difference, not the proportion of 2’s and 3’s. If he was shooting the same percentages as he was last year, we would not be having this conversation about 2’s vs 3’s.
His usage is down dramatically since Gay came into the lineup, and that’s a good thing. Even if his efficiency isn’t much better, I think he’s blending in better and at a more appropriate usage rate.
Maybe what helps him make more shots is getting inside and scoring more first. I have often heard that can help a guy get going.
Your first sentence is simply incorrect btw. The 50% 2p% shooting is calculated by how many two point field goal attempts taken and made. Free throws are not part of that calculation. They are seperated out on their own in a stat called free throw percentage (FT%). At least that is how it looks on basketballreference.com.
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