The Golden State Warriors are known for their success from three-point range but there is another part of their offense just as important.
Ben Cohen explained why the mid-range game has become such an integral part of their identity (via Wall Street Journal):
“This inefficient shot has become a market inefficiency for them to exploit. Golden State is now reaping more value from the mid-range than any NBA team in 20 years. The Warriors are shooting 48.2% on their long twos in a season when the league average is 40.4%. They are making a bad shot good.”
The Warriors have been the most efficient team (0.93 points per possession) on shots between 17 feet from the basket and the three-point line, according to Synergy Sports.
Golden State has connected on 9.3 mid-range shots per game, which leads the Western Conference. Kevin Durant (2.9) and Klay Thompson (2.6) both rank Top 5 in the West for most mid-range shots made per game.
Stephen Curry ranks No. 1 overall in accuracy (59.3 percent) among those with at least 20 attempts so far this season.
Quinn Cook, who is still fighting for a spot in the playoff rotation, has also stepped up as an impressive mid-range shooter. He is 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) on mid-range shots, which ranks No. 5 among those with 20 attempts.
Shaun Livington has improved his stroke from the area, shooting 37-of-78 (47.6 percent) since January 1. David West and Nick Young have both attempted at least mid-range shot per game but maintain a better accuracy than the league average.
Golden State big men Jordan Bell and JaVale McGee are shooting well on mid-range field goal attempts, though those two (and Omri Casspi) have a smaller sample size. The overall distribution of their success on such shots for the Warriors is a true thing of beauty to behold.