Last season, Portland’s designated shooter, Rudy Fernandez, was everything but the designated shooter. He shot a miserable 32 percent from downtown, directly contributing to the Blazers ranking 21st in the NBA in three-point percentage at 34.5 percent.
In drafting Jon Diebler, Portland immediately extends the floor with Ohio State’s all-time leading three-point shooter. In addition to Diebler, Portland also made a draft day trade for Raymond Felton.
Felton might not be considered a sharpshooter, but it should be noted that he shot 45 percent from downtown after being traded to the Denver Nuggets. Andre Miller, the Blazers’ former point guard, shot a horrid 10.8 percent from deep.
I mean, seriously, have you ever heard of someone shooting so poorly from three?
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all that Andre Miller brought to Portland, but shooting three's was far from his forte.
Wesley Matthews was the Blazers’ leading three-point shooter last season at just over 40 percent from downtown. Behind him was Patty Mills at 35.3 percent and Nicolas Batum at 34.5 percent, but after them it was a free-for-all. Adding two knock-down shooters to the lineup will keep defenses honest and force them away from playing zone.
It will also spread the floor out for LaMarcus Aldridge who is a proven post scorer.