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Anthony Davis has been the least efficient shooter in the NBA over the past two seasons, and it isn’t particularly close

Davis was never the best shooter in the league, but he's been outrageously bad lately, and he's going to have figure things out fast if he wants to help the Lakers turn things around
Anthony Davis has been the least efficient shooter in the NBA over the past two plus seasons

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers opened their 2022-23 season with a 123-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors, which wasn’t nearly as close as the final score suggests. The Lakers trailed by as many as 27 points late in the third quarter, effectively ending the game then and there, ensuring Los Angeles would start the new season in a similar fashion to how their previous campaign went.

The Lakers have a problem when it comes to shooting, and Davis is the most guilty party

The Lakers struggled in many areas, but jump shots were arguably the biggest problem last night. L.A.’s five starters hit just six of their 31 jump shots, good for a paltry 19.4 field goal percentage on those shots. Heck, the much-maligned Russell Westbrook hit the highest percentage of his jump shots in this game, and that’s a telltale sign of how bad things were in this opener.

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Among the players contributing to the mess was Anthony Davis, who missed all five of his jumpers. Going back two-plus seasons now, Davis has quietly become the least efficient shooter in the entire league, and it isn’t particularly close. Here’s a Twitter thread from ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry that shows exactly how bad Davis has been when it comes to shooting jumpers recently, highlighting one of the biggest problems the Lakers failed to address this offseason.

The Lakers need to find a way to get Davis going

Davis has never been an otherworldly shooter throughout his career, but he’s been outrageously bad over the past two seasons. His effective field goal percentage on jump shots is over four percentage points lower than the next player, which may not seem like a lot, but when it comes to any sort of field goal percentage in the NBA, that’s a steep drop-off.

Davis’ sudden inability to hit jump shots has limited his offensive game to paint scoring, which doesn’t bode well for the Lakers. He’s still good enough to score 20 points a night, but when he’s not hitting his jumpers, it impacts how opposing defenses defend him. Nobody is worried about Davis hitting jump shots right now, so they are slacking off of him if he’s sitting at the three-point line. Since he’s not hitting shots, there’s no reason to defend so far up the floor on him.

The Lakers are riddled with problems after just one game, and it’s clear that Davis’ shooting woes are a big piece of the puzzle. He’s going to have to get his jumper back if he wants to be able to help L.A.’s offense figure things out. But until he does, it looks like the Lakers will continue to struggle to get any traction on the offensive side of the court.

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