The Lockout Has Affected Shooting and Scoring

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Typically, NBA Seasons start out with strong shooting and high scoring games.  The players are fresh off their summer break and well honed after a full month of practice and exhibition games.  As the season trudges on, shooting percentages and points per game tend to drop as players wear down.  This season, however, has already started off below where last season ended.  The lack of preseason and training camp is having a noticeable effect on shooting.

  • Field Goal Percentage for the Association is at 44.2% on the season so far.  This is down 1.57% from last year.
  • Three Point Percentage for the Association is at 33.5% on the season so far.  This is down 2.30% from last year.
  • Free Throw Percent for the Association is at 74.4% on the season so far.  This is down 1.90% from last year.

All of this decreased shooting efficiency has led to an Association average of 5 fewer points per game this season compared to last.

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