Miller and the Nets fans were on to something. These aren’t good moves for Antetokounmpo, considering his strength near the edge. But three long jump shots in a game isn’t much in today’s NBA
Young, who is extremely confident in his long-range shooting, is one example. His confidence is part of what makes him such a great player and why the Hawks unexpectedly reached the conference finals. But it’s increasingly clear that Young’s 3-point shot is almost as problematic – if not more – than Antetokounmpo’s, as he takes a lot more and hasn’t consistently knocked them down.
Young and his teammates struggled to go 3 in Game 2, finishing 9 for 36 of 3. Young went 1 for 8. The only mark was a quick release worthy of a climax after a cross against Holiday. That’s exactly it with Young: When he succeeds, he does it in a flashy way, which makes it easy to forget about the seven duds. It’s easy to attribute this to a bad night on the shoot. But in Game 1, when Young masterfully poured in 48 points, what was less noticed was that he shot 4 for 13 of 3.
OK, these are two bad nights of filming – at least from 3. It happens. But when you zoom out and look at Young’s story as a shooter, there are holes. Against the Philadelphia 76ers in the semifinals, Young shot three badly in seven games: 32.3% on nearly nine attempts per game. In the first round against the Knicks: 34.1% over five games.
Out of 204 career regular-season games, Young has shot just 34.3% of 3. For someone who has averaged over seven 3-point attempts per game for his career, that’s not very good. .
Part of that is the difficulty in the 3s Young takes. As a first ball player, Young is great at creating shots for others, but rarely has shots created for him. This means that a lot of his 3-point shots come from pull-ups or pullbacks, and rarely from shots. They are also frequently contested.