Sunday, June 21, 2015

Angel's three-point shooting

On Twitter, someone asked if anyone shot 3-point shots in the WNBA with as little success as Angel McCoughtry in as many attempts?

Let's see.  From 2009 to 2015, McCoughtry had 550 3-point attempts.  She made 149 of those for a 27.0 percent success rate.

Out of all WNBA players who have 550 3-point attempts, only one has a lower success rate.  With 571 attempts, she hit 154 of those.  Do you remember Bridget Pettis?  Probably not.  She played with Phoenix from 1997 to 2001, spent a couple of years with the Fever from 2002-03, and then returned to Phoenix for 11 games in 2006.  She did have a career free-throw percentage of 80.8 percent, so she had that going for her. 

These days, Pettis is an assistant coach for the Tulsa Shock. 

The active player closest to McCoughtry is Lindsay Whalen of the Lynx.  Looking from 1997-2014 at all players with at least 550 3-point attempts, in order of lowest percentage you have Pettis, then McCoughtry, then Whalen at 27.9 percent.

The player with at least 550 3-point attempts with the best 3-point percentage is...Kristi Toliver.
Toliver is 292-for-723, shooting 3s with a 40.4 percent accuracy rate.

(Thanks to basketball-reference - which has now added player uniform numbers to their pages.  Take a look!)

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