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After missing the first nine games of the season, Leslie McDonald sits 22 threes behind Marcus Paige for the team lead. There are a number of factors at play here, though, which will allow McDonald to be the team's No. 1 outside threat come season's end.
First, Paige is beginning to play differently. His outside shot is not falling as readily as it was early in the year. Defenses are also more focused on him. In the last six contests, Paige made more than two three-pointers in a game just once, in the loss to Texas.
He is driving more and getting to the foul line more often. These are easier and more efficient ways for him to score the basketball.
Meanwhile, McDonald's main offensive strength is his outside shooting. He is not a particularly good ball-handler or foul shooter. He doesn't pass exceptionally well or get to the basket at an elite level. Therefore, he should take a ton of threes this season. He attempted nine in his first game back from suspension.
By the end of the season, McDonald will have the most made threes on the club, eclipsing Paige in the process.