Despite being the No. 1 three-point shooter in the NBA, Otto Porter still hasn't been invited to participate in the 3-point shootout at NBA All-Star weekend next month and doesn't seem interested in participating, he told CSNmidatlantic.com on Thursday.
Porter is at 45.6% from long range, above his 38.5% career average.
"I'm an in-game shooter anyway," Porter said as the team left to travel to the Atlanta Hawks.
While Porter's career averages are solid, his weakness was catch-and-shoot from three. He preferred to catch the ball while moving to step into his shot because at heart he's a mid-range shooter and a slasher.
Coach Scott Brooks has emphasized spacing and convinced Porter to not always cut to the basket and to "trust" his three-point shot.
Porter hovered around 30% most of last season until he finished strong to raise his average. He took 267 threes in 75 appearances. He already has taken 193 in 45 this season.
"After a while you get used to seeing where your shots are coming from," point guard John Wall said. "You put in a lot of hard work on it. That's something Otto does every day. ... He's started making contested ones and he's started to add different things to his game. We knew Otto was a slasher, Otto could make mid-ranges, but the way he's improved and becoming the best three-point shooter in the league is a big factor to why we're winning games."