Apr 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) celebrates a three point basket during the second half against the New York Knicks at the United Center. Chicago won 118-111. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Which Three Point Shooters Shoulder The Most Responsibility?

In a previous post, I went through the best three point shooters by three point field goal percentage.  Now, I’m going to talk about the three point shooters whose teams rely upon them the most.  How can I account for this “reliance” statistic?  Well, I look at the percentage of all of a team’s three pointers that a particular player accounts for (player must have played 1000 minutes or more this season).

While these guys have reputations as chuckers (especially Nate Robinson and Ben Gordon) note that they actually account for a greater percentage of the team’s made three pointers than attempted three pointers, which is slightly surprising.

The other surprising thing is that these guys don’t shoot badly from three point range.  They certainly don’t shoot well, but Nate Robinson shoots 40% — Kyle Korver, who leads the NBA in three point field goal percentage (for players with at least 50 attempted threes and 1000 minutes played) shoots around 44%.  By comparison, Kyrie Irving shoots around 40%.

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Nate Robinson for three!

By pure NBA standards, Robinson, Miles, and Gordon are middling three point shooters. However, if you take into account how often they shoot threes, or are their team’s primary three point shooter, it is impressive that they are able to shoot at an average NBA rate (especially since defenses will focus on these players).

Also, completely unrelated but Nate Robinson has the best on-court reactions ever.  No contest.

(Am I man-crushing hard on Nate Robinson?  Yes.  Do I care?  Hell no.)

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