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Analyzing Sixers’ New and Improved Three-Point Shooting

The Philadelphia Sixers have made some big offseason acquisitions, including 2-time NBA champion, center Andrew Bynum. Although he is a big force down low, it has been the minor acquisitions that will help their team the most in 2012-2013, especially adding Dorell Wright, Nick Young, Maalik Wayns, and Jason Richardson.

Wright knows how to hit 3s (via Getty).

Dorell Wright is an absolute beast from beyond the 3-point line, having led the league in 3-point field goals made for the last 2 years. He was also a participant in the 2010-2011 3-point contest where he went against stars such as; Kevin Durant, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. So far in the preseason, he is shooting an astounding 47% from beyond the arc, including games where he shot 4-7 and 3-4 from behind the 3 point line. Wright has proved so far that the Sixers made a good decision.

Nick Young, a former member of the Washington Wizards and the LA Clippers, is a guy who can score at will. Throughout the preseason, the more shots he’s attempted, the higher his percentage and the more points he scores. He has a high of 22 points this preseason. Young can also shoot the 3-ball well. Throughout the preseason he has had percentages of 75, 40, 100, and 50, in 4 of 5 games. Although, Young is not as efficient as Dorrell Wright, he can still be just as much of a threat, because of his mid-range and slashing abilities. Lookout for Nick Young this season, because this could be the breakout season he’s been waiting for.

Then there is rookie Maalik Wayns, a local college and high school product. In five games, Wayns has gone 7-15 (46.6%) from three-point land in five games thus far, and he’s starting to prove why he deserved a roster spot in the first place. If this play continues, he could get quality minutes along with Wright and Young as one of the team’s sharpshooters.

Jason Richardson was also another big pickup for the Sixers. He was acquired in the four-team deal with Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. Richardson is well-known for his dunking abilities (2-time Slam Dunk Champion) but as he is getting older he is becoming better at hitting the 3-point shot. At 31 years of age he cannot get as high as he could 10 years ago, so settling for jump shots is probably best for him right now. Richardson shot about 37% from downtown which is pretty solid. He will definitely make an impact for the Sixers.

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