Three point shooting is a focus for the Celtics this year. So far, so good.
Avery Bradley in particular is playing for keeps when it comes to improving his long distance stroke.
Avery Bradley said he wants to shoot 40 percent from deep this season. "Nothing less."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 26, 2015
#Celtics guard Avery Bradley: I have been putting up 300 shots a day in practice. I want to be one of the better shooters in the #NBA.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) October 26, 2015
Last year, Bradley shot 35.2% from deep on 4.6 3PA/game, good for 90th in the league. Had he shot 40% last year, he would have been just outside the top 20 three point shooters, even with CJ Watson and just ahead of Kyle Singler and Chris Paul.
If Bradley lives in the corners and focuses on taking open looks, 40% seems like an achievable goal. Especially since, you know, he's already done it. That's right, back in 2011-2012 Bradley shot 40.7%. Of course that year the Celtics had a few other weapons to look out for and Bradley hoisted less than 1 attempt per game. But in 2013-2014, Bradley shot 39.5% on 3.3 3PA/game. Not too far off the pace he's looking for this year.
Can Bradley be an efficient volume shooter from beyond the three point line? You have to think Brad Stevens is dialing up plenty of sets to give Bradley the opportunity to do just that.
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