Three-point shooting has become a major part of today’s game, as everybody’s giving up on those long twos and wants to have as many possessions as they can, featuring a pace-and-space kind of style.
Naturally, that means teams need to enhance their rosters with sharpshooters if they want to keep up with modern basketball, or else they face the risk of being outgunned and outrun on a nightly basis.
Sadly, though, there have been several players that are just not getting the job done from beyond the three-point line despite piling a lot of field goal attempts from deep, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 worst three-point shooters of the season among qualified players.
10. Lonzo Ball 55/147 (31.6%)
Lonzo Ball hasn’t shown much improvement from his rookie season, especially when it comes to shooting from beyond the three-point line, making just 31.6% of his not-so-good-looking shots from deep.
Also, he’s shooting a horrid 45% from the free throw line on just over 1 freebie a game, and even though his defense and playmaking have been great, it’s time to step up for the prized young man.
9. Nikola Jokic 36/115 (31.3%)
Nikola Jokic entered this season as a huge threat from beyond the three-point line, and even though he’s been a steady MVP candidate and the ultimate leader of the surprising Denver Nuggets, his stroke from deep hasn’t been as good as usual.
Jokic can do a lot of damage in halfcourt sets, run the point, score in a huge variety of ways and is one of the most skilled big men in the league, but that 31.3% from three-point land isn’t going to help him carry the Nuggets come playoff time.
8. Cedi Osman 51/168 (30.4%)
Cedi Osman was supposed to have a breakout year this season, but so far, the young man hasn’t shown why everybody was so hyped with him overseas, especially without LeBron James on the team.
Osman has shown glimpses of great basketball IQ and overall ability, but his shot from beyond the arc just isn’t falling. So far, he’s shooting just 30.4% from deep and hasn’t shown any signs of improvement.
7. Eric Gordon 51/169 (30.3%)
It’s crazy to think that a guy that was just a part of the league’s three-point contest during the All-Star weekend is shooting as bad as Eric Gordon is right now, especially considering how many threes he shots per game.
Gordon’s shooting slump is one of the main reasons why the Houston Rockets had struggled so mightily prior to Harden’s amazing run, and he better gets his act together soon if they want to make some noise in the playoffs.
6. Kyle Kuzma 67/222 (30.2%)
Fadeaway WorldOne of Kyle Kuzma’s biggest strengths throughout his entire rookie campaign was his ability to stretch the floor and spread the offense with his sweet shooting stroke from deep, but that looks like a thing of the past right now.
Kuzma has been way more aggressive this season and has looked way more comfortable driving through the lane and playing below the rim than pulling up from three, hitting just 30.2% of his shots from beyond the line.
5. John Wall 51/169 (30.2%)
John Wall was having one of the worst seasons of his career before he decided to shut himself down for the year and have surgery, and that wasn’t going to help the sluggish Washington Wizards make the playoffs.
Besides his lack of commitment, bad attitude and poor work ethic, John Wall’s biggest issue of the season was his stroke from three-point land, as he shot just 30.2% from beyond the three-point line this season.
4. Joel Embiid 42/142 (29.6%)
Joel Embiid has already stated that he’s not comfortable shooting threes and that he doesn’t enjoy playing on the perimeter rather than doing his thing in the post, where he’s one of the most dominant big men in the league.
If you don’t take his word for it, you just have to take a look at his numbers from deep this season, as the Process has been inconsistent and off, to say the least, scoring in just 29.6% of his attempts.
3. Donovan Mitchell 67/230 (29.1%)
Donovan Mitchell has truly regressed from his outstanding rookie campaign, and he’s drawing a lot of heat in social media from fans calling him the next Rodney Stuckey or an overrated Andrew Wiggins.
Even though we believe is an overreaction and that he just needs to adapt to the way defenses are guarding him right now, the fact that a volume scorer shoots just 29.1% from three is kind of gruesome.
2. Trae Young 51/184 (27.7%)
Trae Young entered the league drawing a lot of comparisons with Steph Curry, as his handles, playmaking abilities, and his unlimited range was his biggest strengths and the main reason why he got that much coverage.
Nonetheless, the Hawks’ prized rookie hasn’t looked nearly half as sharp from three as he was during his NCAA stint, hitting some big shots almost from halfcourt, but shooting just 27.7 from three over the season.
1. Stanley Johnson 37/134 (27.6%)
It’s time, to be honest here. Stanley Johnson is a major bust. He’s not particularly good at anything, but he’s really bad at a lot of things, especially at shooting from beyond the three-point land.
The Pistons should try and move Johnson as soon as possible if they want to turn things around and make a playoff run, as they just can’t make it with one of their starters shooting 27.6% from beyond the arc.