After playing NBA basketball for years without the distance required in the modern NBA, the Boston Celtics have truly put together a deadly offense made up of players who can hit an open shot and then some at a level they might never seen before in their roster.
With players like Grant Williams, Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard bringing fire off the bench and the offensive system converting players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and even Marcus Smart knocking down 3s at high levels, this is Boston become the team to beat in 2022-23.
And in a recent look at the league’s top shooters this season, new signing Malcolm Brogdon finished fifth overall, according to a new assessment by Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale.
“Red-hot accuracy above the break suggests Malcolm Brogdon could move up that list,” writes Favale.
“He’s shooting 50.8% non-corner 3s — the second-highest mark in the league among 280 players who uncorked at least 15 of those triples (For jokers: Al Horford ranks first. Holy hell, the Boston Celtics are loaded .) Stepping back into a more supplemental pump-and-go role looked cruel on Brogdon. But Boston’s offense has been thermonuclear in part because he can diversify his wet work to include occasional stop-and-pop jumpers.
“Among 127 players who have performed at least 50 pull-ups this season, Brogdon ranks fourth with 58.3 effective field goal percentages, behind only Donovan Mitchell, Desmond Bane (!) Named,” adds the B/R -Analyst.
Even those of us who live and die by the eye test alone can’t deny the impact Brogdon has had on games when he checks into a competition, his ground generality and deadly blows and particularly the shooting of devastating opponent second units.
While he has some tough competition to win sixth man of 2023, those kinds of offensive skills will go a long way in cementing his case.
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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire