There is no doubt that Damian Lillard's shot into the opening round of the Portland Trail Blazers against the Oklahoma City Thunder was over, one of the most incredible post-season shots we've ever seen. But was it a good shot?
After the game, Paul George, the defender of Lillard, weighed the weight.
"That's a bad, bad shot," said George. "I do not care what anyone says, that's a bad shot, but hey, he did it, this story is not said to be a bad shot, we're living with it."
Well, maybe not.
Overall, the league only made 25.9 percent of the shots from that distance, so it can be said that shots from this area are not very "good" for most guys.
Lillard is not for most dudes. He sank 39.2 percent of his shots from 30 to 40 feet this season.
That's pretty good.
On average, NBA shooters convert 35.5 percent of their 3s and George sank 38.6 percent of his 3-point attempts that season. In other words, Deep-Space Dame seems to be a great option, like the typical NBA 3-point look or even an average Paul George 3-point attempt.
If it's true that an average Paul George 3-pointer is a good shot, which it is, then an average Damian Lillard bomb from over 30 feet is a good shot (at least according to this 51-round shot). Template).
NBA 3-point shooters are better than ever. and braver than ever. When Stephen Curry won his famous 37-foot game winner in Oklahoma City in 2016, he also challenged the definition of a good shot. Like Lillard, Curry can turn 30 to 40 feet in about 40 percent of the time, which is pretty good for any standard. These days, you can not claim a good shot or a bad shot without taking into account who is filming.
Dudes like Lillard, Curry, and Trae Young are special because their reach goes far beyond what is normal or acceptable, even five years ago. This trio scored 71 out of 186 attempts at 30-40 feet this season, scoring a 38-percent clip, while making the entire top three from that distance.
These guys are leading a new generation of shooters who are rapidly expanding the good shooting range, and while George's claim that Lillard's attempt may have been bad only a few years ago, this is no longer the case.
Regardless of whether Lillard's game winner is a "bad, bad shot," one thing is for sure: Lady is a bad, bad man.