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Breaking down why John Jenkins isn't a bad (or a better) 3 point shooter

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For the season, Hawks rookie shooting guard John Jenkins is shooting 33/88 (37.5%) from 3 point range this season, which is pretty respectable, even for a 10 year veteran.

I've noticed where some people have said that Jenkins has been somewhat a disappointment, and that's probably because he was advertised as such a great shooter (not that he's been bad). Another reason for this "disappointment" may be because of the shooting of Kyle Korver who is leading the NBA in 3 point percentage at 46.2%. Kinda hard to live up to that.

In some recent threads, I've brought up the subject of John Jenkins not having NBA 3 point range. I was partially wrong about him not having the range, but he still needs to improve on his range, and he also needs to become more consistent. I'll explain the consistency issue and break it down in two ways.

Why Jenkins isn't a bad 3 point shooter

The first way I will break it down is into four areas of the court

The corners

From the right corner (red in the court diagram below) Jenkins is 8/20= 40%. From this area, Jenkins tends to have his feet set closer to the out of bounds line rather than the 3 point line. Average distance of his shot from this area is 23.75 feet. Note that the basket is 23.75 feet from the three point line at it's furthest point.

From the left corner (green in the court diagram below) Jenkins is 3/10= 30%. From this area, Jenkins tends to set his feet closer to the 3 point line than the out of bounds line. While this is a consistency, it is an inconsistency from what works so well for him on the opposite side of the court. That could explain why he doesn't shoot as well from the left corner. Average distance of his shot from this area is 23.4 feet.

Elbow to the top of the key

From the left elbow extended to top of the key(blue in the diagram below) Jenkins is 10/26=38%. From this area, Jenkins also tends to set his feet closer to the 3 point line. Average distance of his shot from this area is 26.2 feet.

From the right elbow extended to top of the key (yellow in the diagram below) Jenkins is 12/32= 38%. From this area, Jenkins again is consistent, but inconsistent from what he does from the same area on the opposite side of the court, as he sets his feet further away from the 3 point line. Average distance of his shot from this area is 26.4 feet.

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All in all, these percentages look pretty good, right? No problems here.

Why Jenkins isn't a better 3 point shooter

The second way that I will break this down is by using 3 sections of the court. Two of them are high percentage areas, and one is a low percentage area.This breakdown will clear things up a lot better.

From the right corner to the right edge of the free throw line horizontally (red on the diagram below) Jenkins is 13/25= 52%.. This is where Jenkins shoots his highest percentage from, but yet he takes the fewest amount of 3 point shots (28.4%) from this area of the floor. Average distance of his shot from this area is 24.2 feet.

From the left corner to the left edge of the free throw line vertically (green on the diagram below) Jenkins is 10/27= 37%. Jenkins shoots around his season average from this area, and I would also deem this a "good" area, but yet again, he takes very few (30.7%) of his 3 point shots from here. Average distance of his shot from this area is 25.5 feet.

From just in front of the right hash mark to the left edge of the free throw line vertically (yellow on the diagram below) (the reason why I was under the impression that Jenkins lacks NBA 3 point range) Jenkins shoots only 11/36= 31%. Jenkins takes most (40.9%) of his 3 point shots from this area. Average distance of his shot from this area is 26.1 feet.

This area is where Jenkins takes a whole lot of shots that hit front iron, and coincidentally, this is the area where the 3 point line becomes furthest away from the basket. What is even more coincidental about this, is that most of this area is the same side of the court where I mentioned that he sets his feet far away from the 3 point line. I should add that the further right that Jenkins shoots, the further back from the 3 point line he sets his feet....here's the proof.

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I think we may be starting to get somewhere now.

What I want to highlight within the previous area I mentioned are three sub-areas of it. Two of them show the bad, and the other one shows why he shoots 30% from this area, and not lower.

From the left edge of the free throw line vertically to the far right edge of the circle vertically (green on the diagram below) Jenkins shoots 2/10= 20%. The average distance of his shot is 25.3 feet from this area.

From the far right edge of the circle vertically to the right edge of the free throw line diagonally (yellow on the diagram) Jenkins shoots 6/11= 54%. Average distance of his shot is 25.4 feet from this area.

From the far right edge of the free throw line diagonally to the far right edge of the free throw line horizontally (red on the diagram below) Jenkins shoots 3/14= 21%. Average distance of his shot from this area is 25.9 feet.

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There could be one of two issues here...either Jenkins isn't that good from the two "bad" spots, or it would just be better suited for him to be aware to take a step or two closer to the line since his shots from these particular areas tend to come up short. I'm thinking it's more the latter.

We all know that Jenkins is a rookie, and rookies all have their ups and downs, so we (as a whole) shouldn't get so down on him or start saying that he's not that good when he has a bad game or misses a few shots. Sooner or later the shots will start falling....like Kyle Korver says, shooters shoot the ball.

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