The Golden State Warriors feature a ton of guys who can light it up from behind the arc. Steph Curry may be the best shooter ever, Kevin Durant is lethal from downtown despite being seven feet tall, and when Klay Thompson gets hot, he’s able to do things like score 60 points in 29 minutes.
This offseason, the Warriors added another dude who stretch a defense in Nick Young. A career 37.6 percent shooter from downtown, Young set career highs in three-point shooting percentage (40.4 percent), made threes (170), and three-point attempts (421) as a member of the Lakers last year.
Basically, Golden State will hit a ton of threes this year, just like they always do. But who is the best shooter on the team? According to Young, it’s not Curry, Durant, Thompson, or himself. Instead, it’s a guy who hasn’t played in more than a decade.
Kerr is an example of an older guy whose skill set was underutilized when he played. A 45.4 percent shooter over his NBA career, Kerr never attempted more than 237 threes in a season and attempted a total of 1,599 in 15 years. He also never averaged more than 2.9 threes per game over the course of a season. For reference, Draymond Green is a career 33.4 percent shooter but has attempted about 283 threes a year (which comes out to around 3.4 per game) ever since Kerr became his head coach in 2014.
While he’s already viewed as one of the best shooters ever, it’s not a stretch to say that Kerr’s numbers would have been quite a bit better if he played today. But at the very least, it’s probably nice to know that one of his players thinks he’s a better shooter than anyone else on the Warriors.
(Via For The Win)