Nov 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting

Kristaps Porzingis shooting percentages are up in pretty much every category– the only number that has seen a decline is his free throw percentage, which has dipped from 83.8% to 78.2%. Otherwise, it has all improved.

Here are Porzingis’ shooting statistics from his rookie season:
Field Goal Percentage: 42.1%
Three Point Percentage: 33.3%
Effective Field Goal Percentage (Takes into account that three point field goals are one point more than two point field goals): 46.7%
True Shooting Percentage (Includes 2 pointers, 3 pointers, and free throws): 51.8%

And now, his shooting statistics from this season:
Field Goal Percentage: 45.6%
Three Point Percentage: 38.3%
Effective Field Goal Percentage: 52.5%
True Shooting Percentage: 56.0%

All four percentages have increased by several points. This is particularly impressive due to the fact that Porzingis has been shooting the ball much more frequently. He is attempting 16.0 field goals a game, compared to 12.3 last season. He is attempting 5.6 threes a game, up from last years 3.4 threes a game. Last year, 27.4% of Porzingis’ field goal attempts were from beyond the arc. This year, that number has risen to 34.6%.

So, across the board, Porzingis has shot the ball much more frequently than last season, and despite this, all of his percentages but one have gone up. And, despite his free throw percentage dipping, KP is still getting to the line 4.2 times a game, which is higher than the 3.3 times per game he visited the charity stripe last season. It’s worth noting that shooting free throws at a 78.2% clip is very impressive for a guy who is over 7 feet tall.

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