Brooklyn Nets forward Yuta Watanabe is the league's most efficient 3-point this season. Naturally, comparisons to the best long-distance marksman ever (Steph Curry, for those living under a rock) have been coming. Nets star Kevin Durant was even asked who his choice would be between his current and former teammates in a 3-point contest, to which he gave a hilarious response.
"Me," Durant said confidently.
KD's real bet
After the reporter said there were only two options, Durant finally gave his real answer.
“Steph, of course,” Durant replied. “But Yuta is definitely knocking it down right now. He's shooting the ball extremely well for us, spacing the floor. But he also driving the ball when he has to. He's making the right plays right now. I think when you make the right play, then the shots feel a little better leaving your hand.”
Betting against Curry in anything related to 3-point shooting is usually fool's gold, as the Golden State Warriors superstar holds several 3-point records in the NBA. In addition, he is credited for revolutionizing the modern offense and helping many sharpshooting specialists have the opportunity to play in the Association.
Yuta on fire
Still, this season, there is no doubt that Watanabe has the more reliable outside shot. Following Brooklyn's win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, the Japanese player is now shooting 57.1% from beyond the arc.
With Watanabe's scorching hands, along with Ben Simmons playing at a high level and Kyrie Irving returning, the Nets have a great opportunity to ascend in the Eastern Conference standings after a disappointing stretch to start the season.