How Can Marreese Speights Make A Bigger Impact Next Season?

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Mar 22, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights (5) attempts a shot over San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Add a 3-Point Shot?

Speights has expressed his interest in being a “stretch five” for coach Steve Kerr, but doing so would be detrimental to the team’s success. Speights is averaging 23 percent from 3-point range over the course of his career. Let that sink in: would you want a player averaging 23 percent from behind the arc to be your floor-spacing option?

However, let’s seriously consider this.

Speights has only averaged 0.1 3-point attempts per game in his career, though he did attempt a career high 31 attempts in Golden State last season.

If Speights is serious about extending his range, he will need to work on it extensively during the offseason. Speights already has a good shooting mechanic (as discussed above), so it might prove to be an easier transition for him than others. It will probably come be a matter of repetition and practice. It is not a skill that is developed overnight or once you express interest in it.

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