Statistics Rumors

McCollum is shooting 46.6 percent on mid-range shots season, according to He’s attempted the 12th most mid-range shots in the league and has the highest field goal percentage of anyone in the NBA who has taken at least 250 such shots. He’s shooting better than noted mid-range gunners Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and, yes, even LaMarcus Aldridge.
What makes McCollum special operating between the lane and the three-point line is that, unlike Ibaka or Aldridge, he’s able to navigate to his sweet spots on his own. His quickness, ball handling and knack for splitting double teams on pick and rolls allows him to get free in the mid-range. That shot has always been in his arsenal, but McCollum spent his offseason fine tuning his game after film study showed him where he would be able to get shots off. “I broke down the film each year, each offseason, realizing which spots I could get to and how they’re going to guard pick and rolls,” McCollum said. “Understanding that’s a shot you got to be able to utilize as a guard.”
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