Jazz’s Joe Ingles thinks he’s the best shooter in the NBA
Joe Ingles is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, and the Australian is coming into this season brimming with confidence after a terrific 2017-18 campaign. The Utah Jazz swingman was asked if he lost confidence in his jumper following a few early misses against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
“No. I’m the best shooter in the league,” Ingles shot back at reporters, per Eric Woodyard of Deseret News. “That’s a silly question.”
He was later asked a follow-up question about whether or not he believes he is the best shooter in the league. He didn’t waver for a moment.
“Oh, I am. Yeah, why wouldn’t I? The numbers I’ve shot, the percentages, they obviously are what they are and people are going to dissect everything but, I honestly feel like they’re all going to go in when I shoot the ball.
“When I feel like it’s my shot within the flow of the offense and getting in any rhythm, I feel like I should make every one of them. That’s why it (ticks) me off in practice when I miss open shots because I feel like I should make them.”
Ingles is known for his cutting wit and sense of humor, but he could not be more serious about this. He might have a point, too. Although not the high-volume shooter like a Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Ingles’ shooting percentages can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league. He shot a ridiculous 44 percent from deep last season.
The Jazz are one of the underappreciated teams out West and should challenge for a top-four seed. Joe Ingles’ shooting is a huge reason for the team’s success.