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It goes without saying that the Knicks improved in just about every aspect this year.
But according to John Schulmann of NBA.com, there are four members of the Knicks who have taken significant jumps in improving their shot from the perimeter.
There have been 202 players to shoot at least 100 three-pointers in each of the last two seasons – the Knicks have four players in the top 13 of the biggest improvements in 3PM%.
Julius Randle’s strides speak for themselves. In his 5.5 threes per game, he makes 2.3 of them. He made 41.1 percent of shots from behind the arc, a 13.7 percent increase from his 27.7 percent last year. That jump is the second-best in the NBA. Even more impressive is how he shot almost two less threes per game last year.
Reggie Bullock’s 33.3 to 41 percent increase is ranked 13th in the NBA, and his frequency of shooting the three massively increased, even more-so than Randle. Bullock attempted 3.8 shots from three in 2019-20. This season, he took 6.1 per contest.
RJ Barrett went from knocking 32 percent to 40.1 percent, while shooting about 0.8 more threes per game. That percentage jump is the 10th biggest.
Derrick Rose shot less threes than last year, but did jump his percentage from 30.6 to 38.8, the 11th best jump in the league.
And as a team, the Knicks went from 33.7 percent (27th in NBA) from three last year to 39.2 (third) this year.
Not only have the Knicks improved their shot quality, but they’ve done so with upping their quantity, as well, which is fairly important in today’s NBA.