Lakers’ LeBron James is taking longer 3-pointers than ever
The 3-point revolution has ensnared even those not really known for their long-range antics. Take for one Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who is not only avidly taking trifectas, but doing so from longer distances than ever before.
Today’s pace-and-space era has also seen teams take 3-pointers from further away from the line, the extremes being Golden State Warriors two-time MVP Stephen Curry and a trigger-happy Houston Rockets team that fires at will from any open spot on the court.
James, a career 34.5 percent 3-point shooter, is connecting at a respectable 37.1 percent for the Lakers this season.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the four-time MVP is averaging 26 feet of distance on his long-range attempts, which is 2.25 feet away from the furthest distance of the 3-point arc.
Confidence to take them hasn’t been an issue for James.
“Once I’m in the gym, I’m in my range,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “It’s not a confidence thing,” said James, who shot 29 percent from 3-point territory his rookie season, with the jumper considered the lone weakness in his game upon entering the league. “It’s a work ethic thing. You put in the work and then you trust it when you get on the floor. I work on it when we got practice. And when you work on stuff and you put the work in [you get results]. And for me, I put the work in. That’s just a byproduct of it.”
James is taking and making the most 3s in his career, burying 2.2 per game (former best was 1.7 per game last season) while attempting 5.9 per contest, almost a full 3-pointer more than he did in the last season of his first foray with Cleveland.