Denton: NBA Rookies Struggling Shooting in Early Portion of Season


The size, length and quickness of NBA players has been somewhat of a shock to the system for Oladipo, but he’s certainly not alone when it comes to others from his rookie class struggling making the adjustment to the NBA. The shooting woes from those in the 2013 NBA Draft tell the story of players struggling to find good shots. To wit:

Ben McLemore, whose Sacramento Kings play in Orlando on Saturday at 7 p.m., was considered the best pure shooter from last June’s Draft. However, the seventh pick is making just 35.4 percent of his shots and only 32.6 percent from beyond the 3-point stripe so far.

Anthony Bennett was chosen first by the Cleveland Cavaliers because of his ability to pour in points both by posting up and shooting from long range. But he’s been somewhat of a bust so far by averaging just 2.2 points and failing to break double figures yet. A big reason is he’s making just 27.7 percent of his shots and only 17.4 percent from 3-point range.

Trey Burke barely edged Oladipo for last season’s college player of the year award, but he’s made only 39.6 percent of his field goals even after a big night in Orlando. Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams has piled up great scoring and assists numbers, but he’s done it while shooting only 40.8 percent overall and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line.

Only five rookies – Steven Adams (48.5 percent), the mostly injured Alex Len (42.9 percent), the injured Carter-Williams (40.8 percent), Oladipo (40 percent) and Kelly Olynyk (40 percent) – are shooting at least 40 percent from the floor. No. 4 pick Cody Zeller, who was expected to get heaps of easy buckets with his rare combination of size, speed and athleticism, is also struggling at 37.1 percent from the floor.


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