Shooting is one of the most important skills any NBA player needs to have, and if he doesn’t develop a reliable and consistent stroke from mid and long range, he better be a lockdown defender or a great finisher if he doesn’t want to spend most of his time in watching from the sidelines.
Some young players struggle to connect from mid and long range, but they put up a lot of work during the offseason to improve and get better for the next campaign, while others never seem to get better and wind up being brickers throughout their entire career.
Today, we’re going to let you know precisely about these kinds of players, naming the top 10 brickers of this year’s regular season, with only a handful of games remaining before playoffs start.
10. Dennis Smith Jr
Dennis Smith Jr has shown glimpses of greatness through his rookie season, but he’s also been a major disappointment on some areas, especially his three-point shooting, connecting in just 31% of his attempts from beyond the arc, recording just 96 three-pointers over the entire campaign.
9. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid has been even more impressive during his sophomore season than he was throughout his first campaign in the NBA, but his three-point shooting vastly regressed after being quite consistent to begin his career. Also, the volume has kind of slowed down as well. Up to this date, he’s shooting 31% from three and has only attempted 3 triples per game.
8. Lonzo Ball
This one doesn’t come as a surprise at all, as Lonzo Ball shooting form was one of the ugliest and most unorthodox we’ve seen in years, and even though he’s hit some clutch threes over the last couple of weeks, he really needs to put up a lot of work on his jumper. Over the year, he’s shooting 30.5 % from downtown on 6 attempts per game.
7. Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson is a man of many talents, but shooting the ball clearly isn’t one of them. Still, he has never hesitated to just pull up from distance and try to single-handedly beat the other team, but numbers state he should really, REALLY stop doing so. Over the season, “born ready” has only netted 62 of his 205 three-point shots, which would be good for 30.2% shooting.
6. Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart is extremely confident in his shot and won’t hesitate to just brick a three after another, but he should just focus on his defensive expertise if you ask us. Throughout the year, he’s shooting a horrid 30.1% from three-point territory despite shooting over 5 three-pointers per game, connecting in just 1.4 of those attempts.
5. Draymond Green
If you happen to catch a Golden State Warriors game on the TV, you’ll find that defenses just don’t focus on Draymond Green when he gets the ball on the perimeter, and the lack of help can be easily explained when you see him brick a wide open shot. Green’s a huge threat with his playmaking, but his shot is just not falling this year, averaging 30% from downtown.
4. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is one of the best finishers in the league. His explosiveness, speed and athleticism make him virtually unstoppable when he decides to take it all the way to the rim, but he’s always been such a terrible shooter from beyond the arc, and this season hasn’t been the exception to that rule, as he’s only connected on 29.5% of his three-pointers.
3. Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas went from being the clutchest scorer in the league and a deadly shooter from all over the hardwood to having the 3rd worst shooting percentage from beyond the arc, netting just 29.3% of his 6 attempts from distance over this terrible season he’s had with the Cavs and Lakers. Let’s hope he’s able to find his groove back, as he was so fun to watch over the last couple of years.
2. Dennis Schroder
Dennis Schroder was supposed to be the Atlanta Hawks’ go-to-guy this season, but he’s failed to improve in any aspect of his game and is looking more like a nice backup point guard rather than actual starting material. His shooting has always been far from elite, and his 29% from three-point land this season has been extremely mediocre.
1. Stanley Johnson
And this year’s ultimate bricker has to be Stanley Johnson, another young man that looked like he was going to become a major two-way stud but has been a huge bust ever since making his pro debut, struggling to become an offensive factor and seeing his playing time take a major downfall. Over the year, he’s been the worst qualified shooter from downtown, netting just 28.1% of his three-point attempts.