In last night’s 107-97 win over the Clippers, DeMar DeRozan made his first 3-pointer of the season. In light of the seemingly effortless make, it got people thinking: why does he resist shooting from the perimeter?
According to what DeRozan told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, the answer is quite simple.
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
Nowadays, the 3-ball is one of the most essential aspects of the game, and most of the league’s best players can knock it down consistently. Apparently, DeRozan’s lack of outside shooting is a choice — or, so he says.
The 30-year-old guard has never really shown an ability to consistently make shots from downtown. He’s a career 28% shooter from 3 and has only made a little over 300 in the past 10 years.
And if it is, indeed by choice, is it a smart choice? The Spurs are among the NBA’s worst teams, and DeMar has yet to make significant noise in the playoffs at any point in his career.
Nonetheless, we shouldn’t expect him to add it to his arsenal any time soon.