Dave Hopla, Sebastian Pruiti on DeMar's Shooting
Old 04-12-2011, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My point here is that DeRozan is still young, obviously works hard on his game, and he has plenty of time to improve his shooting. But what specifically does he need to improve about his shooting? According to hoopdata.com, DeRozanís mid-range shooting from 16-to-23 feet improved from a 38 percent success rate in his rookie season to a 40 percent rate this season ó with a league average of 39.5 percent from that range, we see that heís solid from mid-range, but not great. But why the huge dropoff from mid-range to long-range? To answer that question, I emailed a couple of people I consider to be among the leading basketball experts in shooting form and basketball analysis: shooting instructor Dave Hopla and ubiquitous NBA blogger Sebastian Pruiti.
LINK: DeMar and the mechanics: Breaking down his three-point shooting form | Blog Archive | RaptorBlog | Blogs | TheScore.com
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The only reason this kid can't shoot the 3 is because he doesn't even work on it.. he spends more time on his mid-range

if derrick rose can shoot the 3, then Demar eventually will be able too. My main concern is mechanics.. if he had a ugly forum or no range on his shot.. he doesn't have any of those things.. so he should be fine
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The only reason this kid can't shoot the 3 is because he doesn't even work on it.. he spends more time on his mid-range

if derrick rose can shoot the 3, then Demar eventually will be able too. My main concern is mechanics.. if he had a ugly forum or no range on his shot.. he doesn't have any of those things.. so he should be fine
s'all good...dude couldn't knock-down a jumper last year to save his life. this year he's as automatic inside the arc as any wing player we've had in a long time. 88% free throw shooter since the all-star break. didn't he shoot 60% from the stripe in college or something shitty like that? those are incredible improvements, and in a relatively short amount of time.

i say he's a 30% three point shooter next year, put me on record.
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DD should be shooting 500 3s a day in the off-season.

If he can add that to his game then he'll be that much better next season.... it'll open lanes up for him too.
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DD should be shooting 500 3s a day in the off-season.

If he can add that to his game then he'll be that much better next season.... it'll open lanes up for him too.
But we don't want him catching the Money Weems fever and only shoot 3's...
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2011: 21 ppg / 35% 3PT
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I don't think adding 3 point shooting should be his first priority in the off season, handles for his mid range game are his biggest asset to have right now I'd say.
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When did Kobe add the 3 pointer to his arsenal? I'm pretty sure it was later on in his career, like maybe around his 3rd year. DeMar has plenty of time to develop a consistent jumper.
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When did Kobe add the 3 pointer to his arsenal? I'm pretty sure it was later on in his career, like maybe around his 3rd year. DeMar has plenty of time to develop a consistent jumper.
Two reasons for that:

1) The Shaq & Kobe Lakers were loaded with three point shooters, and Shaq parted defenses like Moses did the Red Sea. No need for Kobe to develop one. No one on the Raptors draws that sort of attention, and defenses are starting to key in on DeMar. This team needs a long-range threat from the wing. Badly.

2)Kobe was the most dynamic guy going to the rim in the league, and didn't really need a consistent th ree point shot to get his game off. Not until he aged a bit. DeMar is athletic, but he isn't as dynamic as Kobe was. Not even close.
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I still say it's mostly mental at this point. He thinks instead of just reacting. The hardest part of the game is deciding when to shoot and when to pass or drive. That's probably all the harder from beyond the arc for a young shooting guard. Once he gets more of a feel and enough confidence, he'll be fine.
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I like the point at the end of the article concerning DD's excellent body control in other parts of his game, which he will likely be able to make use in good time from long range. Those are my thoughts exactly. It's when he has made up his mind on drives, without over-thinking that his great body control comes into play. He just needs more reps - and not just taking shots in practice - but in game action.
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Good read and good article. His mechanics are fine for midrange and I think that might transition well for his 3 pt shooting. Just some tweaks here and there and practice he'll be fine for next season. If JJ, DD, and Bayless work on their shooting and 3 pt shooting. Watch out
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