Basketball has changed a lot since its early stages, and even though some old fans tend to criticize the way this game is played right now, it is what it is, so either you adapt or you move on.
Some players have struggled to make the adjustment to modern basketball, failing to prove that they can be complete offensive players and hit from all three levels, especially when it comes to three-point shooting.
There are several talented young men that are already great ballers, but would be superstars if they could consistently hit shots from distance. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players that need to develop a 3 point shot right now.
10. Julius Randle (0.2 3PM/0.6 3PA – 25%)
Julius Randle has made great strides this year as one of the league’s surging talents at the power forward position, mostly because of his improved ball handling and playmaking skills on the fast break.
He’s strong and dominant in the low post, a huge hustler and deadly rebounder, but he could become a very complete player if he worked on his outside shot, as he rarely tries to pull up from distance.
9. Lonzo Ball (1.7 3PM/5.7 3PA – 36%)
We all knew Lonzo Ball was going to have a tough time shooting in the NBA due to his ugly and unorthodox mechanics that makes it quite easy for opposing defenders to block it, and he definitely needs to put up a lot of work on this regard during the summer.
Lonzo wowed us with his playmaking skills and even impressed as a defender all season long, but needs to become a more consistent scorer from three-point territory in a perimeter-oriented league.
8. Dante Exum (0.8 3PM/2.7 3PA – 30%)
Dante Exum is one hell of a defender and a terrific pass-first kind of point guard, not to mention a very strong, fast and athletic young man, but he’s always struggled to hit from beyond the arc ever since entering the league.
If Exum winds up developing a nice stroke from distance (something quite likely considering his mechanic isn’t that far off), he could become one of the league’s best young point guards due to his 2-way skill set.
7. Dejounte Murray (0.2 3PM/0.5 3PA – 31%)
Dejounte Murray made huge strides this year as he became the San Antonio Spurs starting point guard, demoting Tony Parker to a bench role and taking the reins of the offense all season long.
Murray’s length makes him a deadly defender and a very switchable player that can guard 1 through 4 spots in the floor, but he’s never going to become a star unless he at least starts trying to connect from three-point land.
6. Kris Dunn (0.5 3PM/1.6 3PA – 30%)
Kris Dunn is one of the most intriguing and talented young players in the league, a deadly defender and a very strong scorer from inside close range and below the rim, but he’s not much of a three-point shooter.
Still, he’s quite young and has a lot of room for improvement, but his confidence seems kind of off when shooting from beyond the arc. Should he improve in this regard, the Bulls would have a deadly pick and pop combo of athletic guards in him and LaVine.
5. Andrew Wiggins (1 3PM/ 2.9 3PA – 33%)
Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been able to live up to the hype and what was expected out of him, mostly because he never puts much effort in the defensive end of the floor and his lack of improvement as a three-point shooter.
Wiggins needs to become a reliable scorer from three-point land if he wants to take the leap to stardom, as he tends to hide when the shot clock is running down and doesn’t thrive in the offense if he’s unable to drive to the rim.
4. Jabari Parker (0.6 3PM/1.7 3PA – 35%)
Jabari Parker was considered to be one of the nation’s most talented young players, mostly because he already had an NBA ready offensive game during his NCAA tenure, drawing comparisons with Carmelo Anthony.
Still, he’s struggled to prove that he’s got NBA range during his first seasons in the league, mostly due to season-ending injuries. If he adds that shot to his repertoire, the Bucks are going to have way less spacing problems.
3. Markelle Fultz (0 3PM/0.1 3PA – 0%)
Markelle Fultz was a terrific scorer from everywhere on the floor during his lone college year, but due to a shoulder condition, he’s had to pretty much learn all the way back how to properly shoot the ball.
He was unable to hit from three-point land during his rookie season, but if he manages to find a way to get his shooting stroke back, he’s going to be one of the craftiest and most versatile scorers in the league in no time.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.6 3PM/1.5 3PA – 28%)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is already an MVP caliber kind of talent, but he just has to learn how to shoot from three-point land or else he’s never going to be able to single-handedly lead the Bucks to the promised land.
Defenses always collapse in the paint against Giannis to force him to hit from beyond the arc, knowing that he’s not a good shooter from distance, but if he improves on that regard, he’s going to be the best player in the league for sure.
1. Ben Simmons – (0 3PM/0.1 3PA – 0%)
Ben Simmons surprised us all season long and looked like a one in a generation kind of talent, but Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics really exposed him during the playoffs and proved that he desperately needs to have a three-point shot (or a midrange shot, at least).
Ben can create off the dribble and seems to have eyes on the back of his head, not to mention he was much better in defense than we all expected him to be, but this is not Magic Johnson’s NBA, and there’s no room for shot-less guards anymore.