Analytics gurus hate midrange jumpers, thinking them to be the most inefficient shots in the NBA.
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Continually nudged toward the perimeter by a trapping defense, the
He is shooting 38.2% on shots from 15-19 feet, a considerable improvement over the 33.5% of shots he made from the same distance last season. Griffin is even better from 20-24 feet, making 43.1% of his shots as opposed to 34.2% from that distance last season.
"It's an area that I'm working on," Griffin said Thursday of his midrange game, "but not the final frontier" to becoming a complete offensive player.
Griffin credited his work with shooting coach Bob Thate and constant repetition. He's also making a career-high 69.7% of his free throws, a number that he said he wants to push into the mid- to upper-70s by the end of the season.
Griffin turned into primarily a jump shooter against the Bobcats, Rivers said, because they repeatedly trapped him with multiple defenders to deny him shots around the basket.
"They clearly decided [Wednesday] night that they were going to use D.J.'s [
Griffin made 14 of 20 shots overall during the Clippers' 27-point victory. He even mixed in a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, giving him seven for the season — two more than he made all of last season.
"It's not something I look toward," Griffin said of his three-point shooting. "If it's open and it's there, I'll take it, but mostly corner threes. But it's still not a shot I go into the game planning on or spending much time thinking about."