The Los Angeles Clippers have shown that last season was not a fluke and have continued to be one of the best teams in the NBA. At 44-20, the Clippers are currently battling at the top of the Western Conference and have the potential to make a run deep into the NBA Playoffs in a little more than a month.
There are a ton of things that the Clippers do well on the court, but one of their glaring shortcomings this season has been their three-point shooting. As a team, L.A. shoots 35.7 percent from beyond-the-arc which puts them right in the middle of the NBA at 15th. Another glaring aspect of their three-point shooting is that they have just three players that shoot over 38 percent from three and one of those players is Eric Bledsoe, who takes an average of one attempt per game.
Moreover, of the NBA teams ranked 15th or lower in three-point percentage, the Clippers are one of only three teams that take 20 or more attempts from long-range per game. So not only are they not hitting threes efficiently, but they’re still taking a lot of threes, too.
That trend continues when you start to talk about their three-point shooting from the corners. On the season, the Clippers have taken 468 corner-threes, the fifth-most attempts from that area in the league. However, they are 22nd in the NBA in terms of percentage on corner-threes, shooting just 37 percent from the corner.
As Los Angeles goes forward and looks to end their regular season with success to possibly make a run in the postseason, they need to look at how many threes they’re taking and address this issue. Whether it is to take fewer and attack the paint more or to run plays that open up shooters more, they have to do something before their poor-to-mediocre three-point shooting becomes problematic.