In today’s analytics article, we take a look at the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Three-Point Percentage Surprises
There is no secret that the movement toward three-point shooting has drastically changed the league. It is now expected that most recruits and draft picks must be able to shoot three-pointers. Current players have also adopted this skill set as a valuable one to add to their repertoire (especially for those who do not utilize this skill at the moment).
It is important to check this statistic to see the evolution of players. While writing this article, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of players that I would not normally associate with good three-point shooting percentage.
Let's take a look at three players that have a three-point shooting percentage over 50% from the field.
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2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Three-Point Percentage Surprises
Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Utah Jazz (69% rostered)
Lebron Shoulder charges Kelly Olynyk who then gets back up and hits the 3 pic.twitter.com/IfybH1JwCz
— dave (@nbadaves) November 5, 2022
Averaging 1.6 three-pointers made on 2.8 attempts puts Olynyk at an amazing and league-leading 56.8% on three-point field goals. Just one year ago on the Detroit Pistons, Kelly had a three-point percentage of 33.6%.
Needless to say, the Utah Jazz has been a huge surprise to the entire league (especially the Lakers – sorry, not sorry). The Jazz has been more accepting of a free-flowing offense that has allowed users like Olynyk to "try something new".
This output might not be for the long term, or at least this volume, as the Jazz are looking towards the lottery. Would it not just be so awesome to see the Utah Jazz make playoffs without Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert!
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets (59%)
🤝 Nuggets drop Pacers 122-119 🤝
Hidden Gem: 💎Kentavious Caldwell-Pope💎
15 points, 5-7 FG
With Denver contending for a title, they’ll NEED guys like KCP to step up like he did last night. The new Nugget was LETHAL and helped the Nuggets to the W 🙌pic.twitter.com/ycP3XIQyIk
— ENJ🏀Y (@EnjoyBBall) November 10, 2022
Averaging 2.7 three-pointers made on 4.8 attempts puts Caldwell-Pope at an astonishing, and runner-up to the league leader Kelly Olynyk, 56.6% on three-point field goals. Just one year ago on the Washington Wizards, Kentavious had a three-point percentage of 39%.
The Denver Nuggets is a perfect place for the guard-forward to exercise his long-range shot as arguably the best passer in the league, Nikola Jokic, loves to find open shooters. Once Jamal Murray gets back into prime form, look for KCP to get even more open looks.
The Georgia product has a great opportunity to employ his skill and gain the trust of the Nuggets organization and he has been disputably great, including his ironman status for games played every season, for all teams he has played for in the NBA.
Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings (73%)
After all that transpired on Monday night, it was poetic that Kevin Huerter's late triple acted as the dagger during tonight's game.
He deserved that one.pic.twitter.com/5hjZrycyFa
— Frankie Cartoscelli (@FCartoscelli3) November 10, 2022
Averaging 3.7 three-pointers made on 7.5 attempts puts Huerter at an amazing, ranked fifth in the league, 50% on three-point field goals. Just one year ago on the Atlanta Hawks, Kevin had a three-point percentage of 39%.
Huerter had been an unproven guard on the Hawks due to the depth Atlanta had at the guard-forward positions. He is currently the starting shooting guard on the Kings and will get all he can handle.
At only the age of 24, this being his fifth year in the league, we might get a glimpse of what red velvet might offer the Kings and fantasy owners; the sky is the limit!
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