Anthony Davis has not had a great start to the season shooting the ball, but when speaking with the media, he made it clear that it wouldn’t deter him from taking more shots.
Davis told reporters, including Kurt Helin from NBC Sports, that he wouldn’t be stopping any time soon despite a sluggish start to the year shooting the ball from deep.
“I’m going to continue to shoot the ball from 3, whether it goes in or not,” Davis said. “I think that opens up the floor for my teammates — LeBron [James], Russ [Westbrook], Talo [Talen Horton-Tucker] — to get downhill. And it opens it up for me to get to the paint when guys run out and are closing out to the three.”
Davis’ shooting numbers are admittedly a brutal sight. Through 21 games, Davis is shooting a woeful 19.6 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game this season.
The Brows’ shooting struggles are a continuation of a slightly concerning trend for Davis. For the past three consecutive seasons, not including the current season, Davis has finished the year with a worse three-point percentage than he did the year before. In the 2017-18 season, Davis finished shooting 34.0 percent from distance; he lowered that number every season since before dropping to 26 percent by the end of last season.
If he finishes the current season below 20 percent from beyond the arc, it’ll be the fourth season in a row he ends with a lower mark than the year prior.
Despite a poor season from the three-point line, Davis is still putting up All-Star level scoring numbers averaging 24.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game on 51.8 percent shooting from the field this year.
The Lakers have not had the hot start they would have wanted either, currently sitting eighth in the Western Conference with a record of 12-11.