Shooting is one of the basketball’s biggest fundamentals and a skill that needs to be mastered in order to succeed, as the ability to pull up or catch and score on a consistent basis takes a huge toll in team’s offense nowadays.
Nonetheless, some players never actually become good at this, making a living in the National Basketball Association due to their speed, good defense, leaping ability and athleticism rather than their jumper.
Still, young players need to put up a lot of work in their shooting if they want to reach and maintain superstar status, and today, we’re going to let you know about ten players that should spend extra hours in the game to improve their mechanics.
Note: obviously, we won’t take centers for this article.
10. Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson is quite a versatile player and can contribute in a lot of different ways, but he’s never been much of a shooter throughout his career. For you to get a grab on how bad he is, he’s currently shooting a horrid 17.9% from beyond the arc to go along with 8/22 (36%) from between 8 to 24 feet, nothing to brag about considering how big-mouthed the Pacers shooting guard is.
9. Andre Roberson
Well, Andre Roberson is already making a name for himself after how poorly he shoots from all over the floor, with Chris Paul even disrespecting the hell out of him saying “hell no” and just turning back to let him shoot. See, don’t blame Chris, as Roberson is shooting a horrible 29.5% from three-point territory and he hasn’t even taking a single shot from between 16 to 24 feet. Also, his 50% shooting from the charity stripe isn’t encouraging.
8. Lonzo Ball
The sensational rookie out of UCLA has already had a lot of up and downs during his rookie season, something that’s pretty much normal but that shouldn’t happen to him considering how much trash he and his father have talked. Ball’s a very good playmaker but a terrible shooter with poor mechanics, even getting three-pointers blocked. So far, he’s only made 2 of 11 shooters from the 16-24 ft range and is shooting 23.1% from three.
7. Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart is known for his hustle, his outstanding defense and his great playmaking, but if you talk about one of his strong points, shooting definitely isn’t one of them, constantly bricking three-pointers from all over the floor. Smart’s shooting 32.6% from three-point territory and score most of his points on drive, just taking 6 shots from between 16 to 24 feet and missing all of them so far this season.
6. Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova is a very similar player to Marcus Smart, although the Australian point guard was supposed to be way more reliable from long distance. Still, he’s only taken 21 shots from deep this year, connecting in 33.3% of them, while just taking a handful of shots from between 16 to 24 feet and bricking most of them, also shooting 33.3% from that distance. Well, at least he’s a fierce dog in the defensive end.
5. Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league, playing lockdown defense in the wings while also being one of the most athletic and gifted scorers in the league. Nevertheless, he’s never been a good shooter and that’s one of the few things that stop him from reaching the superstar level. So far, he’s shooting a horrid 20% from between 16 to 24 feet, as well as continue to being a 33% shooter from three.
4. Derrick Rose
The former MVP always knocked everybody off their feet with his handles, his speed, his aggressiveness, his strength and his athleticism, but he’s always been a very lousy spot up or pull up shooter throughout his career. Now, in his Cleveland Cavaliers stint, he’s currently hit 3 of 13 shots from deep (23.1%) and also 3 of 11 shots from between 16 to 24 feet, an undesirable 27.3%.
3. Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore is one of the lone valuable assets in the Atlanta Hawks due to his ability to put up points and support stats, especially his hustle in the defensive end of the court. Nonetheless, he’s been a major disappointment this year due to his shooting, as he’s had the green light to chuck shots with the Hawks so short on talent right now. So far, he’s hitting in just 28% of his three-pointers as well as 29% of his midrange jump shots.
2. Jamal Murray
This may come as a huge surprise, as the second-year combo guard was supposed to be a lights-out shooter right out of the gate. Sadly, he’s still trying to make the adjustment to the NBA and has been quite streaky so far, but he has the skillset to figure it out pretty soon. So far, he’s shooting 11-46 from three-point land (23.9%) to go along with just 33.3% from between 16 to 24 feet, making just 5 of 15 shots.
1. Jonathan Isaac
And finally we get to Jonathan Isaac, a standout rookie that has been quite impressive in the early going, especially in the defensive end of the floor. Still, Isaac has a lot of work to do if he wants to become an elite two way player in the league, as his shot isn’t falling and his confidence seems way off right now. So far, the Orlando Magic rookie is averaging 25% from beyond the arc on 4 of 16 shooting to go along with just 3 of 13 from 16 to 24 feet, a lousy 23.1%.