COMMENTARY | Last year the Utah Jazz had a difficult time shooting from 22 feet and beyond, and ultimately, it led to their downfall.
While playing the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, the Jazz shot a pitiful 20 percent (9-of-45) from downtown. In Game 4, they missed all 13 of their 3-point attempts.
So far, they've been just what the Jazz needed.
Thanks to the newcomers, the Jazz are now ninth in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (37.4) and tied for tenth in 3-pointers made (151).
Here's a closer look at how each player has helped.
Foye, the team's leader in 3-point shooting, is lighting it up from behind the arc, shooting a sizzling 43.3 percent from 3-point land.
With 52 triples in 22 games, he's averaging 2.4 per contest.
Foye may not be as efficient as former Jazzman Kyle Korver, who collected an incredible .536 3-point field goal percentage in 2009-2010, but if he continues to shoot the way he has, he'll shatter Mehmet Okur's 2006-2007 franchise record of 129 3-point field goals in a single season.
Williams, a former No. 2 draft pick out of North Carolina, is shooting a career-high 46.2 percent from the field, including 37.7 percent from 3-point land.
His ability to connect from 3-point territory is spreading defenses and opening up the key for the big fellas, particularly Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap -- something Gordon Hayward (who finished the 2011-2012 season with a 34.6 3-point percentage), Alec Burks (33.3 percent), C.J. Miles (30.7 percent) and Josh Howard (24.3 percent) couldn't do last year when it always seemed to get stuffy in the paint.
Williams, the team's second-best 3-point shooter, has been a major upgrade over last year's starting point guard Devon Harris. Especially when it comes to getting the leather globe through the metal cylinder.
In fact, Williams' true shooting percentage -- Points Scored / [2 x (Field Goal Attempts + 0.44 x Free Throw Attempts)] -- is .551 this season, a solid number for a PG.
His ability to shoot definitely came in handy in the Jazz's recent victory over the Los Angeles Lakers: Williams was 8-of-11 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's College of Fine Arts and Communications, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.
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