Josh Smith de-emphasizing long 2s (thank goodness)

Before the season, I made a case for Josh Smith attempting fewer long 2s and more 3-pointerslater clarifying I meant only when sharing the court with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Well, Smith has made remarkable strides.

Me at ProBasketballTalk:

Smith is still taking about the same percentage of his shots from beyond 16 feet as usual – 44 percent this season compared to 41, 45 and 44 the previous three years.

But Smith is wisely drifting back the extra few feet to get an extra point on each make and to space the floor better. Of all his shots from at least 16 feet, 61 percent are 3-pointers – by far a career high. In previous seasons, that number has ranged from 3 percent to 42 percent.

Overall, just 17 percent of Smith’s shots are long 2s, a career low.

You can read the rest of the article at ProBasketballTalk to see what I think about Smith’s 3-point attempts.

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