The Mid-Range Jump Shot. It’s the shot in between the middle of the three-point line and the paint where superstars like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony would terrorize defenses. However, with the recent rise of “Corner Specialists”, “Stretch Bigs”, and “3 and D” players, the mid-range shot is officially almost dead.
The mid-range shot was already slowly in the decline. But after the Golden State Warriors won in 2015 with their fast pace offense, mid-range really took a hit league-wide:
Take “3 and D” Specialist P.J. Tucker for example. Tucker signed a 4 year / $31,878,148 contract with the Houston Rockets in the 2017-18 season. His contract includes $26,477,799 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $7,969,537. He was signed by the Rockets to shoot corner threes and defend the opposing team’s best scorers.
P.J. has definitely adapted and thrived under the league’s new fast pace playing style. And for the second year in a row, Tucker is one of the league’s best corner three-point shooters. Don’t believe me? Just check these charts below:
No longer are basketball top 10 highlights dominated by dunks. We now have shooters on there as well. The new 14-second shot clock rule is tailor-made for players like James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard; who can hit ridiculous step back 3’s from the logo with extreme accuracy:
This new era is only going to create a new elite breed of shooters.
Like this year’s (soon-to-be) unanimous Rookie of the Year, Luka Doncic:
So the question becomes, is the mid-range jump shot really dead?
While we think the mid-range game is on it’s last legs, we also think it’s important to find a good balance.