The Golden State Warriors' shooting struggles have been evident so far this season, leading to their underwhelming 7-8 record through the first 15 games. A number of players have had their shooting concerns, including veteran point-guard Chris Paul.
The Warriors have started to find their groove from beyond the arc though, shooting 39.4% against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday before making 21 of their 43 (48.8%) attempts in their win over the Houston Rockets on Monday.
After a slow start to the season shooting-wise, Chris Paul has found his rhythm for the Golden State Warriors over the last four games.
Paul's resurgence shooting the ball has and will be key to Golden State finding their offensive flow as a team. The 38-year-old had made just two of his first 26 three-point attempts as a Warrior, and just six of his 37 (16.2%) across the first 11 games of the season.
Over the last four games Paul has made 13 of his 21 (61.9%) three-point attempts. All of a sudden he's back to 32.8% on the season, and there's reason to believe he can quickly push that up to above league average.
Perhaps most importantly, Paul is developing himself into an off-ball threat. He's now shooting 54.5% on 1.7 catch-and-shoot threes per game, and exactly 50% on corner three attempts.
It can't be understated how important Paul's threat is as a perimeter shooter, particularly given the struggles of his teammates and the general construction of the Golden State roster.
The Warriors have two non-shooting threats in the frontcourt with Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. Like Paul, Andrew Wiggins is still trying to find his range from deep, while Jonathan Kuminga is shooting 18.8% from beyond the arc.
Golden State need all the shooting they can get to lessen the pressure on superstar Stephen Curry who, by the way, is nailing 45.3% of his 12.2 three-point attempts per game. While Paul plays predominantly on the ball, having him as an efficient spot-up player in the corner is also vitally important to ensure defenders can't sag off and load up on Curry even more.
Paul had arguably his most complete performance as a Warrior in the win over the Rockets, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and 12 assists on 4-7 shooting and 3-5 from three-point range. He'll look to repeat the dose as he makes his return to Phoenix to face the Suns on Wednesday night.