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10 Wasted Spot-Up Shooters Who Would Flourish with Jeremy Lin

John FrielAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2012

10 Wasted Spot-Up Shooters Who Would Flourish with Jeremy Lin

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    This whole Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks experiment appears to be working quite well.

    Aside from the gigantic roadblock he suffered against the Miami Heat, and the unbelievable amount of turnovers he has recorded since he started, Lin has been doing well with the Knicks and has led them back to relevancy with a .500 record.

    He also managed to save Mike D'Antoni's job as head coach while keeping the hope of the Knicks faithful alive, as they now have a quality team to look forward to seeing, possibly in the postseason.

    Lin's putting up historic numbers in a positive and negative light and could use some help, so we offered up 10 players who could become the next knockdown spot-up shooter for the Knicks.

    After all, look what happened to Steve Novak. He's converting two three-pointers per game on 46 percent shooting, with many thanks being attributed to Lin getting him open looks in the corner.

    Along with Novak, let's take a look at 10 players who can play alongside him and Lin.

Keyon Dooling

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    Keyon Dooling has always been recognized as a quality spot-up shooter.

    However, now that he's with the Boston Celtics, Dooling can't seem to crack the rotation. He's only played in 16 games this year and has played in 20 or more minutes only four times this year. Even on a Celtics team where depth off the bench is a problem, Dooling is still buried deep on the depth chart.

    He's played in the last six games and scored a combined 16 points in those contests.

    In a career that started in 2000 with the Los Angeles Clippers, Dooling has played with six teams including his current team. His career high in scoring includes posting up 10 points per game with the New Jersey Nets in 2009 and shooting as well as 42 percent from deep, which also happened to come the same year.

    Dooling is recently coming off of an 80-game season with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he averaged seven points on 40 percent shooting.

Linas Kleiza

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    It's been an up and down season for Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza, who has been dealing with injuries all year long.

    Kleiza sat out the first 10 games of the season before returning, but has recently sat out the past three games due to a sore left ankle. Prior to then, he was actually receiving minutes from the Raptors and was spending a large amount of time on the floor.

    In his final game before getting hurt, Kleiza played a season high 38 minutes in a loss to the New York Knicks. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and shot 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.

    Kleiza's three-point shooting has never been consistent at only 34 percent in his six-year NBA career, but has always had a consistent jump shot from the mid-range.

    The Lithuanian is averaging 11 points and five boards per in 19 games with the Raptors. He averaged a career high 11 points per game with Toronto last year, but only played in 39 contests.

Mehmet Okur

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    A former All-Star who has fallen way off since an injury riddled 2010-'11 campaign, Mehmet Okur now finds himself as a member of the New Jersey Nets and is continuing to deal with injuries.

    It wasn't that long ago when Okur was an All-Star while with the Utah Jazz. This strange occurrence happened in 2007 when Okur averaged 18 points and seven boards per game. He shot 46 percent from the field and converted on two three-pointers per on 38 percent shooting.

    Okur was in the midst of breaking out after averaging 18 points per the year before, but then saw his stats take a steady decline even though he was playing the same amount of minutes as he was in previous seasons. He'd have one more solid season in 2009, when he averaged 17 points per while converting on 45 percent of his three-pointers before falling off the face of the earth.

    Mehmet only played in 13 games last year before getting traded to the Nets three days prior to the start of the season. He's started in 14 of 17 games, but is only averaging 27 minutes per as a starter on a lowly Nets team.

    He's averaging a mere eight points on 37 percent shooting, as well as a dismal 32 percent shooting from deep.

Austin Daye

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    On January 25th, Austin Daye scored 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-8 shooting from deep, in a close loss to the Miami Heat.

    Daye hasn't scored more than 12 points since then and didn't play more than 20 minutes in a single game in the month of February. He was featured in seven games and scored a combined 16 points in the short time he was on the floor.

    So what happened? A fluke happened. Daye was able to get into a rhythm in that game against the Heat, but failed to transition it to any other game. In fact, he's only made a combined four three-pointers since making four three-pointers in total in a single game.

    Daye is an extremely lanky forward with too high of expectations. He was selected with the 15th pick in the 2009 draft and hasn't been able to breakthrough quite yet. He managed to average eight points per while converting 40 percent of his three-pointers last year, but has since regressed heavily.

    Austin is averaging only 16 minutes per this season and is averaging five points per on a lowly 31 percent shooting, while hitting on only 21 percent of his three-pointers.

Matt Carroll

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    The scariest three-point threat you've probably never heard of, Matt Carroll of the Charlotte Bobcats happens to be another shooter who can't seem to crack the rotation.

    To make things worse, Carroll can't even crack the rotation of the 4-28 Bobcats. It doesn't get much lower or degrading than that. I'm not sure why they don't play him since the Bobcats are currently ranked 25th overall in three-point percentage.

    Carroll has played in 29 games this year, but is averaging only 12 minutes per game. He's converting on only 20 percent of his three-pointers and has made a grand total of five three-pointers all year long. Two of those alone came in a recent loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    In the 2006-'07season, Carroll shot a career high 42 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 12 points per game. This occurred during his first stint with the Bobcats before getting shipped off to the Dallas Mavericks. He would shoot a career high 44 percent from the land of three the next season.

    Since then, however, Carroll hasn't gotten his stroke back and has made only 26 three-pointers in the past three seasons.

James Jones

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    James Jones may have won the three-point shootout last year, but it hasn't affected the Miami Heat's decision to play him.

    After playing in 81 games last season in relief of the injured Mike Miller, Jones now can't even get close to playing regular minutes and spends the majority of Heat games on the dark end of the bench. In fact, he's only played in 27 games and hasn't played in more than 10 minutes since a January 24th win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    It's not like Jones forgot to shoot. It's just that the Heat favor defense and athleticism far more than Jones' three-point shooting prowess, especially when they have players who can play defense and shoot as well. Miller, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers have all taken Jones spot as the dominant perimeter threat.

    Jones is coming off a career high, where he made 123 three-pointers on 43 percent shooting. He's a career 40 percent shooter from deep and would be a perfect addition to a team like the New York Knicks that could use a spot-up shooter like Jones to stretch the floor.

Klay Thompson

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    Klay Thompson has had a rough go in consistently getting minutes off the Golden State Warriors bench.

    He's played in as much as 27 minutes per game, but has played in 12 minutes or less in the past three games. Despite the Warriors bench being one of the most lacking in the league, Thompson is still struggling to make the rotation even though he's an excellent perimeter threat who has impressed in his short stints.

    Thompson is currently shooting 46 percent from deep and is averaging seven points per game in his rookie season. He scored a career high 19 points in a win against the Denver Nuggets, where he hit 8-of-11 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from deep.

    He's also made four three-pointers in four different contests, including a perfect 4-of-4 in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Thompson still has a long way to go before he can begin receiving consistent minutes, but perhaps some time with Jeremy Lin can warrant him some more game time.

Yi Jianlian

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    In 2007, Yi Jianlian was the supposed to be the next Asian sensation after Yao Ming's emergence.

    Yi was only the third Chinese born player to play in the NBA after Yao and Wang ZhiZhi and had lofty expectations after being taken with the sixth pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

    It started out ugly as Yi immediately spoke out against playing in a market like Milwaukee and then proceeded to disappoint in his rookie season to the tune of nine points and five boards per. He shot 42 percent from the field, but only 28 percent overall. The Bucks decided he wasn't worth the headache and granted him his wish of playing in a larger market by sending him to New Jersey the next season.

    Yi would average 12 points and seven boards per in his second season with the Nets, but would eventually be traded to the Washington Wizards. It was at this point that Yi would become an afterthought, as he'd only average six points and 18 minutes per while averaging  and shooting 23 percent from deep.

    He has played in 14 games with the Dallas Mavericks this season, averaging eight minutes and three points per. A change of scenery is a necessity for the 24-year-old, seven-footer.

Andres Nocioni

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    I think it may be time to start putting Andres Nocioni's description on the side of milk cartons, because he's disappeared deep into the Philadelphia 76ers bench.

    It was only in 2007 when Nocioni played a large role on a playoff bound Chicago Bulls team, where he averaged as much as 14 points per game and shot as well as 40 percent from deep. Between 2005 and 2011, Nocioni never averaged below 36 percent from beyond the arc and was converting on at least one three-pointer per game.

    Nocioni is now in his second season with the Sixers and has played in only nine games. He's averaged five minutes per game and is also averaging two points and a rebound per. To go along with 29 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent shooting from deep, I think it's safe to say that Andres is having one awful year.

    It's rock bottom for the Argentinean. Perhaps getting paired up with Jeremy Lin in New York would resurrect his nearly dead career.

Stephen Jackson

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    Stephen Jackson has always been recognized as one of the NBA's most favorite headaches. It's too bad that the Milwaukee Bucks had to give up Corey Maggette in order to experience it first hand.

    Jackson has been benched and suspended by the Bucks a few times on account of missing practices and even skipping the extremely necessary training camp. It clearly showed how badly Jackson needed the training help, as he struggled mightily out of the gate after the lengthy offseason.

    "Captain Jack" is averaging near career lows of 11 points on 36 percent shooting, while converting on only 28 percent of his four three-point attempts. Pretty horrendous considering that Jackson was averaging 19 points on 41 percent shooting as the focal point of the Charlotte Bobcats offense last season.

    The Bucks had high expectations for Jackson this year, as they expected him to bring a lackadaisical offense to life. Coupled with Brandon Jennings, Jackson was going to provide some needed scoring while taking some of the pressure off of the young Buck.

    It turns out that the complete opposite happened, and Jackson could be getting traded soon.

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