Devonte’ Graham becomes 4th Hornets player with 200 3-pointers made in a season
Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham continues to reach new milestones as he looks to improve his candidacy for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
Graham became just the fourth player in franchise history to make at least 200 three-pointers in a single season during Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets:
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Graham has not been afraid to hoist from the perimeter this season.
The former Kansas star was averaging 9.2 three-point attempts per game heading into Thursday’s contest, putting him squarely in fifth for the most triples per game. Graham has been efficient with his volume, however, converting on nearly 37 percent of his three-point tries.
Graham is one of the foremost breakout stories in the NBA this season. He was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and he mostly bounced around the G League before landing in Charlotte. Graham played in 46 games for the Hornets last year, but he averaged just 14.7 minutes per game and shot just over 34 percent from the floor in limited action.
But Kemba Walker’s departure opened up a spot in the rotation, and Graham has seized his opportunity. Graham was averaging 17.6 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds prior to the start of play on Thursday, giving the Hornets some much-needed offensive playmaking in the backcourt.
Graham has cooled in the last couple months, which might put a damper on his MIP candidacy. He had a .496 true shooting percentage in February while also posting his lowest split of the season in terms of offensive rating, per Basketball Reference.
Still, Graham’s transition from the bench to being a key rotation player has been one of the best storylines for the Hornets this year.