Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 1:20 pm  |  19 responses

Evan Turner Improved His Three-Point Shooting By Not Practicing Threes

You see, kids: Allen Iverson was right all along. Practice is overrated at times. Just ask Evan Turner, who has doubled his three-point shooting accuracy this season from last year (a career-best 44.4% up from last season’s 22.4% showing), by not practicing his long-distance shooting. Per CSN Philly: “His secret? ‘Not working so hard on it,’ he said before scoring 26 points in last Friday’s 95-94 victory over Boston, including the winning basket with 3.9 seconds left in overtime. Come again? ‘I stopped focusing on it,’ he said. ‘That was it. I stopped focusing on it. I worry about my mid-range [game], my driving and my free throws, and that’s it. Honestly, I don’t shoot threes before games. I don’t practice threes anymore.’ Turner has already made more three-pointers (16) than he did in either of his first two seasons. And he has done that in 36 attempts, a 44.4-percent success rate that ties him for 15th in the league. He shot 22.4 percent (11 for 49) last year, 31.8 percent (14 for 44) as a rookie. To hear him tell it, he did try to work on his three-point shooting over the summer. ‘But,’ he said, ‘I wasn’t hitting them. After a while you say, ‘Never mind.’ I just kept working on my mid-range game. I think the more important thing is just to be in a good rhythm.’ He shoots them almost exclusively from the corners, the shortest of the three-point shots. It is, he said, what the defense is giving him – and but a few feet from the spots on the baseline where he prefers to launch his jumper.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    wow, imagine if larry bird never practiced

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    I cant watch Evan Turner or Shawn Marion shot a FT without being engulfed by laughter.

  • Zabbah

    Two reasons why he’s gotten better: he’s shooting the shortest range three, as the article noted, so his shot selection is better. Second, he is after all still working on his jumpshot. You’ll only get better the more you practice and shooting close to mid range jays fixes his form and retains his muscle memory.

  • Zabbah

    He’d have five rings and Magic three.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    imagine if magic never practiced passion?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    the harder you try, the less you’ll succeed. Don’t try at all and get everything you need.

  • gordon

    36 attempts? another reason for this year’s success: sample size!

  • Conor


  • BrettjPrice

    good comment. Afterall , Bird said he started close and SLOWLY moved back over time.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • patrick

    weird advice, would this work for most people? I don’t think so,,,for great majority of people practice is beneficial,

  • patrick

    that’s not true…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    It can be in certain situations

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard


  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    alot of people have have misunderstood this.

  • i_ball

    Actually I also improved my 3s by just working on my jumper back in highschool. Shooting a 3 is the same as shooting any other jumper if you don’t think about it, it’s just a bit longer:)

  • The Spaniard

    “36 attempts? another reason for this year’s success: sample size!”

    Exactly! He hasn’t improved anything.

  • Mike From Spain

    “The secret? Small sample size, my friend”

  • Emerson

    very few situations