Debunking NBA Myths: Lonzo Ball Can't Shoot
NBA myths can be dangerous, and it's time someone does something to address them in hopes of stopping all the memes and false social media movements. With this new series, we will go head to head and debunk some of the biggest lies and half-truths in the NBA. Today, we begin with the egregious myth that Lonzo Ball can't shoot.
If you have a social media account, then at some point, you will have seen a meme or a joke aimed at the expense of Lonzo Ball and his family. Some are more justified than others, but the least justified of them all is the NBA Myth that Lonzo Ball is an awful shooter. I get where it comes from; when he entered the league, his shooting motion alone was enough to piss off basketball purist, and his shooting percentages made them right.
As a rookie, his three-point shooting percentage of .305 ranked him at 131 of the 132 players that qualified. YIKES. The only player worse than him in the entire NBA was Russel Westbrook.
It was not a myth that he could not shoot; it was a fact. Well, what about now?
I will give you a list of some of the players Lonzo Ball outperformed percentage-wise from the three-point line last season:
Trae Young, Chris Paul, Luca Doncic, D'Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, James Harden, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, Jamal Murray, Eric Gordon.
Lonzo Ball shot .375 from 3 last season, a percentage increase of 7 points. That is incredible, and it is not as if he's shooting a limited amount. He's shooting 6.3 a game, more than the 5.7 a game as a rookie. He took the 36th most 3s in the league last season and hit them at a clip close to 40 percent.
He has work to do from the free-throw line, but this idea that Lonzo Ball is an awful shooter is one of the biggest myths in recent NBA history.
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