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Should Brook Lopez continue to take long jumpers?
Nick noted that Brook Lopez (prior to last night's game) had 115 post-ups under Carlesimo in eight games, as opposed to 116 under Johnson in 22 games. An interesting stat, for sure.
Another stat that has really stood out in the Carlesimo-era is that Lopez is averaging 4.4 long jumpers per game (16-23 feet), as opposed to the 2.0 shots per game in that range he was averaging under Johnson. One wonders, now, is it an effective use of a possession having your 7-foot center take long jumpers? Well, if he's hitting 54.3 percent of those attempts then, yeah, it most certainly is.
Here's a look at his splits, courtesy of HoopData:
There's likely some regression coming, with Lopez never averaging better than 41 percent from the floor in that 16- to 23-foot rage over his career, but in watching his stroke he's becoming more comfortable in that step out. And as he continues to knock them down a such a high-% rate, it's opening up the offense more for the Nets.
So, should he take fewer long jumpers? One would argue that, yes, given his history he's not going to continue to make 2-plus baseline, 18-foot jumpers per game. But, until then... right?
More on Brook's shot location:
- Player Stats - Brook Lopez - Hoopdata
- Brook Lopez 2012-13 Shooting Splits - Basketball-Reference.com
- Advanced Stats - Brook Lopez - NBA.com