Clippers coach Doc Rivers not worried about Kawhi Leonard’s jump shot
Los Angeles Clippers superstar forward Kawhi Leonard is shooting a career-low 43.9 percent from the field this season and coming off a 3-of-15 shooting night against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
However, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers isn’t concerned about Leonard’s jump shot because he knows Kawhi will get it together soon.
“I tell you, he had great shots, so I don’t attribute it to much of anything,” Rivers said, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “First thing he said when he sat on the bench is, ‘My goodness, am I getting great shots.’ Right now, they’re not going in, but they will. You know they will. I love the shots he’s getting.”
For his career, Leonard shoots 49.2 percent overall. He’s one of the most efficient players in NBA history. For whatever reason, the two-time Finals MVP hasn’t been able to hit his jump shot with consistency this season.
The Clippers, though, are still winning games despite Leonard’s murky shooting. LA is 16-6 on the season, good for second place in the Western Conference standings. Leonard is averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 16 games, so he’s still putting up elite numbers.
Odds are Leonard will get his shooting percentage up as the season moves along. He’s too great of a player to shoot this poorly for an entire season.