Rodney Stuckey’s terrible start partially due to attempting too many 3-pointers

Rodney Stuckey shot just 1-for-23 in the Pistons’ first three games this season, and Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus analyzed how likely a stretch like that is for a player of Stuckey’s caliber. Hint: extremely unlikely. But Pelton went a step further:

For Stuckey and the Pistons, what’s more important than the low likelihood of his shooting to date is what it indicates about his performance going forward. It’s worth noting that even if Stuckey was making twos and threes at his projected rate, his shooting percentage (38.8 percent) would be the lowest of his NBA career, and substantially worse than the 42.9 percent he shot last season. This reflects a troubling change in Stuckey’s shot selection. More than a third of his shot attempts have been threes, up from about 1 in 6 in 2011-12 and 1 in 9 the year before that.

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