More (Efficient) Threes to Come?

Los Angeles Lakers v Charlotte BobcatsDuring the 2011-12 season, the Lakers didn’t have a single wing player or guard shoot at least 40 percent from three-point range, with a team bombing rate of just 32.6 percent.

The numbers improved for the better under Mike D’Antoni last season, with a mark of 35.5 percent, buoyed by Steve Nash’s 43.8 and Steve Blake’s 42.1 percent success rate.

Jodie Meeks and his quick release converted at 35.7 percent, while Kobe Bryant was shooting far better than the 32.4 he finished with before an extended slump from deep late in the season.

To this mix, the Lakers add Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Ryan Kelly.

New Jersey Nets v New York KnicksFarmar hit 44 percent of his triples in 39 games with the Nets in 2011-12 before heading overseas; Young matched the 35.7 percent from Meeks at Philly (and is at 37.4 percent on his career) and the Lakers think Johnson’s smooth stroke could render better than the 32.3 percent he converted last season in Phoenix.

Second round pick Ryan Kelly shot 42.2 percent from three at Duke in his senior season, and should provide some floor spacing as a stretch four if he’s able to earn some minutes.

With a full training camp in D’Antoni’s system coming, the acquired shooters joining what L.A. had in place plus to-be-featured big man Pau Gasol’s interior passing, we could see some strong numbers in 2013-14.

Lakers Three-Point Shooters (2012-13 Percentage)
Jordan Farmar: 44.0 (in 2011-12)
Steve Nash: 43.8 (5th in the NBA)
Ryan Kelly: 42.2 (at Duke)
Steve Blake: 42.1 (13th in the NBA)
Nick Young: 35.7
Jodie Meeks: 35.7
Kobe Bryant: 32.4