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Friday, March 06, 2009

LeBron's Long Range Accuracy

LeBron James has shot 12-19 (.632) from three point range in his last three games, increasing his three point percentage for the season to .342, which is nearly a career-high. My newest article for CavsNews.com takes a closer look at LeBron James' perimeter shooting this season compared to the first five years of his career:

LeBron’s Long Range Accuracy

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posted by David Friedman @ 5:51 PM


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At Saturday, March 07, 2009 9:38:00 AM, Blogger Joel said...

I keep hearing that LeBron's jumper has really improved this season, but I have yet to find any statistical evidence to support this claim. According to 82games.com, his effective field goal percentage (adjusted for three-pointers) on jumpers is 41.3% this season compared to 39.9% last season. In fact, his eFG% in 2005-06 (41.7%) was higher than it has been in 2008-09. There's nothing to indicate that he's shooting the jumper significantly better than he usually does.

At Saturday, March 07, 2009 12:54:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I suspect that part of the confusion stems from the fact that James has clearly and noticeably improved his free throw percentage. That, coupled with James having a couple dazzling games from behind the three point arc, may be leading casual observers to erroneously believe that James has improved his midrange jump shot, which is not the case. It could also be that some people believe that James has improved his midrange jumper simply because some members of the media have been declaring this to be true for months, back when they "crowned" James as this season's MVP well before the halfway mark of the season.

LeBron James is a wonderful player who has definitely improved his free throw shooting and defense but his midrange game is still a source of concern, as was painfully evident on Friday night versus the Celtics.


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