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Jordan Crawford has simple (and wrong) definition of a good shot

Oct 17, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

Tyler Zeller, Jordan Crawford AP

What is a good shot?

One that is not contested. Statistically, the highest value shots are dunks/layups followed by corner threes. A good shot is a player getting tho his comfort spots on the floor — Tim Duncan with the 15-foot wing bank, Kobe Bryant from the elbow.

The Wizards’ Jordan Crawford has his own definition, as he told the Washington Examiner.

“It really comes down to if I make the shot, it’s a good shot,” Crawford said. “You know, you gotta be aggressive, regardless of what people are saying, how it is. You still gotta do you.”

“You still gotta do you” is my new mantra.

Crawford has put his definition to the test and been a gunner this preseason, which in theory is something the Wizards need until they get John Wall back. Except Crawford isn’t very efficient at it — he took 13.9 shots per game last season but shot 40 percent overall and 28 percent from three. Volume shooters who miss a lot end up on the bench. Or worse.

Especially when Bradley Beal is right behind them, waiting for minutes. Crawford is fighting for his job but this is not something he can shoot his way out of — unless he starts taking better shots. Either by his definition (he makes a lot more) or the coach’s (you know, actually good shots).

  1. nbascreed - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    “Statistically, the highest value shots are dunks/layups followed by corner threes.” This statement does NOT make any sense from either a statistical analysis OR basketball PoV.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Actually, it makes sense and it is what advanced metrics want you to shoot. What you want is the highest probability of scoring — dunks/layups lead that for obvious reasons. The corner three is next because the shot is shorter (22 feet) and so it is made at a higher rate than other threes, plus you get a bonus point for hitting it.

      I’m not going to do a basic NBA stats post here, but go read up on advanced NBA metrics and you’ll see why you take those shots. Or, just watch the Spurs for a night.

  2. skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    To Kobe, what is a good shot? Answer, Everything I throw up there.

    • money2long - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      tsk tsk tsk. the stigma that follows kobe. he just grins at these comments i know

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