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Trail Blazers fans will love this stat about sharpshooter Norman Powell

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The Portland Trail Blazers made a significant move ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline when they sent Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood to the Toronto Raptors for Norman Powell.

Powell, 27, is in the midst of his best NBA season to date. He is scoring a career-high 19.6 points per game and has started 31 games for the Raptors. Now, he will look to add a scoring punch to the Blazers, be it in the starting lineup or as a top option off the bench.

Fans may have been a little upset to lose Trent in the trade for Powell since Trent, 22, is averaging 15 points per game this season for the Blazers. However, Powell's stats are pretty incredible, especially his shooting ability from beyond the arc.

As ESPN analyst Kirk Goldsberry pointed out, Powell has been one of the best 3-ball shooters in the NBA this season and is making 43.9 percent of his shots from deep. That ranks third-best among players that have attempted at least 200 shots from 3-point range this year.

The thing that stands out about Goldsberry's graphic is Powell's incredible shooting from the corners and straight away. That will give him a chance to nail open 3-pointers in transition and also provide some nice floor spacing for the team.

The Trail Blazers were already a good 3-point shooting team without Powell and ranked ninth in the NBA in 3-point percentage at a mark of 37.9. Now, they'll get even better with more space for Powell, CJ McCollum, and Damian Lillard to make plays in.

 

Powell's should give Portland a good chance to compete with every team in the league on a night-in, night-out basis -- at least on the offensive side of the ball.