Detroit Pistons: 3 things Killian Hayes can learn from Chris Paul

Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns . (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes should focus on the mid-range

Chris Paul is showing that analytics aren’t everything when it comes to shooting. The numbers can prove that the 3-point shot is a more efficient way to get points, unless of course you shoot like Chris Paul.

Paul has always been a pretty average 3-point shooter, though he has shot over 40 percent a few times in his career, albeit on a fairly low volume.

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Paul makes his money in the mid-range, knocking down 12-15 foot jumpers all day and absolutely punishing teams that try to go under picks in his mid-range pick-and-roll.

Paul was a terrible 3-point shooter in his rookie season, hitting just 28 percent, but was able to improve to be an above-average shooter from beyond the arc.

Hayes was also awful from long range in his rookie season, and though he does need to improve over time as Paul did, he should focus on his mid-range and penetration first.

Hayes has the size and skill to get into the lane anytime he wants, and if he more aggressively looks for his mid-range shots and floaters, it will open up the offense for the Detroit Pistons.

Chris Paul is a guy Killian Hayes should study, as he can learn a lot about what it takes to be a winning point guard.

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