Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan gives odd reason for not shooting 3-pointers
DeRozan made his first three-pointer of the season on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and he told reporters–including Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News–that he actually has no issue with shooting and missing and will capitalize on open jump shots in the future:
DeMar on knocking down his 1st 3 of season: "I just don’t shoot ‘em. It’s not a matter of I can’t shoot ‘em, just never shoot them. But whenever I get the opportunity, I am going to shoot them. I don’t mind missing, I don’t mind whatever. It’s just a matter of me shooting ‘em."
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) November 30, 2019
DeRozan had attempted just four threes prior to Friday night, and his outside shooting totals have nosedived since coming to San Antonio. DeRozan shot just 45 threes last season just one year after hoisting a career-high 287 three-point attempts.
The three-time All-Star might be feeling a wave of confidence after knocking down his first trey of the year, but the statistics suggest that DeRozan is better when he attacks the rim.
DeRozan has shot just over 28 percent from deep for his career on a mere 1.5 attempts per game. His best season from deep came during the 2015-16 season, when he shot close to 34 percent from beyond the arc. And even that percentage is pretty mediocre.
Of course, the Spurs do not need DeRozan to be a sniper. With the likes of Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills spotting up, San Antonio wants DeRozan to continue being a playmaker at the cup.
Although DeRozan has gotten far more involved in the offensive action lately, the Spurs continue to slide. San Antonio is 7-13 even after beating the Clippers on Friday night, and DeRozan could be one of the most popular trade commodities in basketball over the course of the next few months.