One doesn't need an abacus to comprehend that three is a larger sum than two. Now that we've got that out the way, let's move on to the heavy arithmetic.
In a standard 12-team Yahoo! fantasy basketball league, there are 156 players that will be rostered. So far in the 2013-14 NBA season, only 25 players in the entire league average at least two three-pointers per contest. That's 6.24 percent of the player pool in a standard Yahoo! league.
According to Hoopdata.com, the average NBA team shoots 35.9 percent from distance this season. Of the aforementioned 25 players who average more than two treys a game, 22 of them shoot at or above the league average of 35.9 percent.
The purpose of this mathematical exercise is to, first, identify the scarcity of skilled shooters and, secondly, to isolate players you can acquire via free agency.
Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns, SG/SF
The Phoenix sharpshooter is having one of the best shooting seasons of his seven-year NBA career. Green is hitting 2.5 three-pointers a game on 6.6 attempts (38.3 percent). What could be the stark rise in Green's value as a three-point shooter? For one, he's playing more minutes per game than he has in his entire career (26:42 minutes) and he's become one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the league.
A catch and shoot is described as a shot that is attempted from beyond 10 feet within two seconds of possession or no dribbles. Green is one of only 11 players in the entire league to average two ore more "catch-and-shoot" three-point shots this season. He's available in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Martell Webster, Washington Wizards, SG/SF
Webster is also amongst the elite catch-and-shoot players in the league. With John Wall breaking down defenses nightly, Webster has been able to average two catch-and-shoot treys at a 40 percent clip thus far. It's no coincidence that teammate Trevor Ariza is also included in the top 11 catch-and-shoot players due to Wall's penetrating style of play. Webster is currently available in 42 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers, SG
Meeks is another player that is benefiting from increased opportunity and is rewarding the 36 percent of his Yahoo! owners with him on their team. Meeks is shooting a tad over 40 percent from distance while putting home 2.1 triples a game. With a very shorthanded Lakers backcourt, Meeks is going to continue to enjoy inflated minutes and three-point opportunities.
JJ Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, SG
Redick doesn't fit our mold of top marksmen this season but considering he's available in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, a disclaimer needs to be made on his behalf. He's a career 38.8 percent shooter from three and he will slide right back into the starting shooting guard spot. His point guard is Chris Paul. There will be good looks to be had when he returns.
Redick recently had his cast removed after recovering from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his hand. Let's hope the injury won't harm his sweet stroke.
Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats
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