The Los Angeles Lakers are tossing up a whole lot of bricks right now.
As a team, the Lakers are shooting 28.8% from 3-point range—by far the lowest percentage in the league. The second-worst 3-point shooting team, the Chicago Bulls, are sitting at 32.2%. Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ prized rookie, has been especially atrocious. He’s attempting nearly five triples a game, yet he’s connecting on just 23%.
In an effort to heat up his squad’s frigid 3-point shooting percentage, Lakers head coach Luke Walton has established a new rule. If you want to shoot 3’s in the game, you gotta make 100 3’s after every practice:
Considering 11 players on the Lakers’ roster have attempted at least one 3-pointer this season, there’s going to be a lot of guys sticking around after practice to work on their shooting stroke.
The 3-point shot has never been more important to success in the NBA. Last season, nine of the league’s top 10 3-point shooting teams made the playoffs. Coincidentally, the Lakers franchise holds the record for the worst 3-point shooting season in NBA history. The 1982-1983 Lakers shot an abysmal 10.4% from deep.
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