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Draymond claims 3-pointer is back, explains offensive mindset

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Draymond Green during the 2015-16 season -- when he was named Second-Team All-NBA and finished seventh in MVP voting -- shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range on 3.2 attempts per game.

His percentage declined dramatically over the last four seasons:

-2016-17: 30.8 percent on 3.5 attempts

-2017-18: 30.1 percent on 3.7 attempts

-2018-19: 28.5 percent on 2.5 attempts

-2019-20: 27.9 percent on 3.0 attempts

Can he ever get his 3-point shot back to the 2015-16 level?

"I think I got it back," Draymond declared Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game's "Steiny, Guru & Dibs" show. "It's a matter of getting my number of attempts up."

The 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year missed all of training camp and the Warriors' first four games this season because of COVID-19 protocols and then a sprained foot. He wasn't able to work out for about a month, and the long absence resulted in a slow start offensively.

Draymond averaged 5.2 points and 8.3 assists over his first 24 appearances, while shooting 36.2 percent overall and 18.6 percent from beyond the arc.

But over his final seven games before the All-Star break, he averaged 7.4 points and 9.7 assists, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field 37.5 percent from distance (but it's really 40 percent -- 6-for-15 -- because one miss was from half court).

"Shooting also is a flow thing," Draymond explained. "Our offense and the role that I play -- which is facilitating and making sure everybody gets involved -- it's not always on my mind to catch and shoot.

 

"I have a ton of things to think about when I'm on the floor. I have to make sure everybody's in their positions. I have to find Steph [Curry] when he's open. A lot of times when I am open -- if I wait a split second later -- he's going to be open. I'm gonna wait for Steph Curry. Common sense would say that's probably the smartest thing to do."

That is correct. And that's a very fair explanation.

It's also fair if you don't believe he can maintain his current pace from 3-point territory, and have a "I'll believe it when I see it" mentality.

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But it's probably not wise to bet against the three-time NBA All-Star.

"I've kind of had to restructure my jump shot, kind of restructure my whole body," Draymond said on the "All the Smoke" podcast last April. "After we swept [the Cleveland Cavaliers] in the [2018] Finals, my hip was bothering me. The next day, I couldn't really walk.

"I ended up getting my hips checked out and stuff, and there were some issues. I had to recorrect -- strengthen my core, which is something I never even really knew. In doing all of that, it kind of changed my shot because it changed the way I lift up.

"If I can get that back to above 36 percent -- possibly shoot 40 percent, which I know I'm more than capable of -- the league is in trouble again if I can do that. That's my goal."

Duly noted (again).

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