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Dame defends Klay from very bold claim about Heat's Robinson

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Is the Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson better at making catch-and-shoot 3-pointers than Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson?

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard definitely believes the answer to that question is "no."

Robinson attempted 6.9 catch-and-shoot 3s per game this season, and made 46 percent of them.

Let's take a look at Klay's catch-and-shoot numbers over the years:

-2014-15: 45.7 percent on 5.0 attempts

-2015-16: 44.1 percent on 6.9 attempts

-2016-17: 43.9 percent on 7.2 attempts

-2017-18: 44.7 percent on 5.7 attempts

-2018-19: 40.5 percent on 6.1 attempts

So yes, the numbers show that Robinson's first full NBA season with catch-and-shoot triples was "better" than any of Klay's past five campaigns.

But let's see what Robinson does for an encore next year before making any bold declarations. Plain and simple, he needs to prove he can do it consistently.

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And even if the 26-year-old replicates this production next season, don't sleep on Klay upping the ante.

"I've been watching him work out, and I'll tell you one thing -- it's crazy to say, but his shot looks even better," Klay's father, Mychal, said in mid-September. "(That) should be expected because that's all you can do for so long is just go out and shoot, shoot, shoot until you get that full clearance."

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Also, the entire basketball world obviously knows that Klay is a far superior player overall than Robinson, and it's safe to assume that fact played into Lillard's "facepalm" emoji reaction.

 

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