Lebron’s shot not falling, but everything else has been

Lebron is struggling with this three ball this season, but doing fine with everything else. 

The one knock on Lebron James that has followed him around his whole career has been his jump shot. Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of this while sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, and the Dallas Mavericks did something similar in the 2011 Finals.

Over time, Lebron’s jump shot has become more and more reliable, making him impossible to guard. During his rookie campaign,  King James shot 31 percent on any shot that was not directly at the rim. Fast forward to the 2017-2018 season, and Lebron was able to raise these numbers to 39 percent for shots, not at the basket.

Los Angeles Lakers have had an up and down season so far, filled with enough drama to give the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler saga a run for their money. The Lakers strengths have been on display, but the weaknesses are glaring as well. One of those bright spots for the Lakers has been Lebron’s shooting from the field.

Sure the King has only made 10 of 41 three-point attempts for a 24 percent average, but right now he is shooting 71 percent on shots from the free throw line to three-point line. Overall shooting 43 percent from any shot not directly at the rim, so even with his awful shot from downtown, Lebron is hitting shots from pretty much everywhere else on the floor.

With suspect shooters surrounding him, Lebron will need to start hitting the long ball at a better clip to help out his teammates. James has a history of tweaking the form on his shot so we could hear more news about this again in the future.

Until then, Lebron will continue to use his midrange game to keep defenses at bay, while also using his brute strength to get to the hoop at will. If there is one thing we have learned over the years, more times than not, it is not a good idea to doubt the King.

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