The Charlotte Hornets are fully aware that they HAVE to get better at shooting the three pointer. Last season, they were dead last in the NBA from 3 point land at a terrible 31%.
This is a defensive minded team and that's all well and good, but at some point, you have to score. And the way this team plays offensively, the 3 pointer is key to success.
They like to go down low to Al Jefferson and let Big Al work his magic in the paint. But when there is a double team on Al, he has no one to pass the ball to at the 3 point line. More than likely, they are going to miss it. Hard to get anything down low if the lane is packed with defenders. The solution to freedom for Big Al is shooting, shooting, shooting from 3 point land.
Just look at the numbers and you see, this team is not that far off to getting back to being a playoff team.
In their playoff year in 2013-14, the Hornets shot 35% from 3 point land which was 23rd in the league. They averaged 96 points per game, 23rd in the league.
Last season, the 31% (last) led to 94 points per game (28th in the league).
Now to really be elite, they need to get that 3 point percentage to 37%, but let's just get back to playoff status for now.
At today's pre draft workout, they had more than enough shooters to help this team.
Of the 6 draft prospects they brought in, they ALL shot better than the 31% the Hornets shot at a team last season.
Winthrop's Keon Moore was at today's work out and he shot 43% last season while making 101 from long distant. Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos shot 43% as well and connected on 81 for the year. Neither player is projected as a 1st round pick and they both may go draft night without hearing their name called. But one thing we do know is they can shoot the 3 which this team needs BADLY...
Of the players with 1st round grades, Sam Dekker of Wisconsin shot 33% and Kentucky's Devin Booker was 41% and it's Booker that the Hornets may have had the closest eye on.
Why is that? Yes, he can shoot, but what can he do past that.
Booker was on a STACKED Kentucky team that could have 6 or 7 players get picked on draft night. It was so stacked that Booker came off the bench. He would average 10 points per game and would be the SEC Sixth Man of the Year last year in his only season at UK.
"I feel like I can do more," said Booker. "At Kentucky I didn't need to. I had a talented team around me and we all played well with each other so we all found our niche on the team."
"In the NBA you're going to have to do a lot more things so that's why I come to these work outs," he said. "That's why I've been training hard this summer. I know I always have to work on things so I stay in the gym."
Booker was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week five times and would score in double figures in 20 of the Wildcats 39 games.
There is no doubt that Booker can shoot and score, but before the NBA Draft combine, the big knock was he might not be athletic enough to cut it in the leage. He ended that talk with the fastest lane agility time at 10.22, but the questions still remain for the 18 year old, 6 foot 6 guard.
"When I get to other teams they still want see my agility drills," said Booker. "They like to check the score again so I have to end up doing them again, but they see it. I'm here to show it. "
He's certainly on Charlotte's radar heading into draft night and would look great in the purple and teal of the Hornets.