At age 37, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in the Lakers’ win over the Timberwolves last night. That made Kobe the oldest player to outscore his age in a game since Michael Jordan, who scored 43 points at age 40 in 2003. Jordan’s 43, with the Wizards, also made him the oldest player ever to outscore his age. Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only other players to accomplish the feat at an older age than Kobe
McCollum is shooting 46.6 percent on mid-range shots season, according to NBA.com. 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.
“It’s been a part of my game for life. It’s tougher to finish in the lane so you’ve got to find different areas to score efficiently and the mid-range contested shot is a shot a lot of teams will live with,” McCollum says. “And it’s a shot I’m willing to live with as well just because I’ve gotten so many shots at it and I’m comfortable with it.”
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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