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The Most Important Shot in Basketball

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"But the single most important shot in the game still barely gets any attention at all: The corner 3. Want to know how good your team's offense is? Just look at how often it takes corner 3s. Besides looking at field goal percentage, corner 3 frequency is as strong an indicator as any other. Good offenses tend to pound the corners. and bad offenses tend to avoid them." Best in the NBA: Heat, Knicks, Spurs, Nets, Pacers, Hawks Sacramento Kings (16th) Corner 3s per game: 4.8 (18th) | Corner 3 FG%: 37.8 percent (18th) Notable shooters: Marcus Thornton (20-of-43, 46.5 percent); Francisco Garcia (12-of-25, 48 percent) The Kings' offense has quietly been solid this season, but it's not because it pounds the corners. In fact, the Kings could probably use a higher dosage there. Although it must be said: Isaiah Thomas is shooting a diminutive 4-of-21 (19 percent) on corner 3s this season.

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