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Celtics by the Numbers: Shooting the three ball

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 28, 2013 at 5:15 AM

I think we all know by now that Brad Stevens is a fan of shooting three's. He had this to say after the Celtics 100-93 loss to Memphis.


Should Sullinger shoot more?

Despite Sullinger’s late flurry of long balls, he has connected on just 26.5 percent of his 3-pointers this season. But even though fans (and CSNNE announcers) often call for the power forward to stick to the paint, Stevens has plenty of faith in Sullinger’s outside stroke.

“I don’t think he shoots enough of them,” said the coach. “And I’ve said that all year. You know, he passed up a couple. He passed up the one where he traveled near the top of the key; he was wide open. And the more games he gets under his belt, the more he plays, that shot’s going to go in more often than not.”

Stevens also said, “From a percentage standpoint he’s a really good shooter, just him and the rim,” but I’m pretty sure the coach meant, in practice, when he’s open, Sullinger has shown the ability to make those.

  • The Celtics rank 20th in the NBA at .330% per game.
  • The Celtics rank 26th in the NBA with 5.6 made three's.
  • The Celtics rank 26th in the NBA with 17.1 attempts from three. 

Stevens wants Sully to take the three-point shots, but his percentage is a bit scary. He's shooting .26% from three with 0.6 three's made per game. Green averages the most attempts with 3.4 and he makes 1.2 a game on average. The Celtics also have Crawford nailing three's from all over the place.

I want more consistency when it comes to the three ball, and maybe a three-point specialist. I like Sullinger shooting three's ball in moderation. He's been sound in the post, and he needs to take advantage of that.

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Reply celtsfan
12:56 PM on November 28, 2013 
Sullinger is a solid three-point shooter. But he's good on the block. I want him there