Josh Smith on pace for worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history. So what?

A couple posts by Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys and backed by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin have been making the rounds. They allege Josh Smith is on pace for the worst 3-point shooting season in NBA history.

They’re right.

But it doesn’t matter.

At ProBasketballTalk, I explain why:

Even while on pace to set this record, Smith is producing about the same number of points per shot from at least 16 feet as he usually does

Smith’s 3-point percentage is a problem only insofar as there’s a column in the box score for 3-pointers and not for shots from at least 16 feet.

Look at that above graph again. The season Smith scored the fewest points per shot from beyond 16 feet, by far, was 2010 – the year he was celebrated for eliminating 3-pointers from his game. But he kept taking long 2s that year. It’s just that nobody noticed because they show up in the box score the same as dunks and layups.

Click through to see the mentioned graph – plus three more.

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