Focused or not, Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving successfully barged into a pretty exclusive statistical club in the NBA after finishing the season with neat shooting splits. But we shouldn’t be acting here as though Irving, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant were the only ones who shot the lights out in the regular season. Joe Harris was fantastic too for the Nets’ offense that ended the regular season second in the NBA in scoring with 118.6 points per game.
All Kyrie Irving aside, Harris also found a seat on the table with shooting luminaries Kyle Korver, Craig Hodges, Jason Kapono (Remember him?!), and current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, as pointed out by Chris Milholen.
Nets PR-Joe Harris shot a league-leading (and franchise record) 47.5% from 3-point range this season.
Harris is the 5th player in NBA history to lead the league in 3FG % multiple times (also: 2018-19):
Kyle Korver (four)
Craig Hodges (two)
Jason Kapono (two)
Steve Kerr (two)
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) May 17, 2021
Joe Harris ended the 2020-21 NBA regular season with an average of 3.1 threes per game on a smooth 47.5 3FG%. It wasn’t a fluke. Harris has been shooting the rock well for a long time now. He is a career 43.8% long-distance shooter and also led the league in 3-point shooting percentage during the 2018-19 season when he connected on 47.4% of his shot attempts from behind the arc.
Harris is a valuable asset for a Nets team that is already teeming with future Hall of Famers. His ability to stretch the floor and knock down 3-point shots with the accuracy he’s making them is almost criminal, as he just gives opposing defenses additional headaches. Just imagine having to double on any of Irving, Durant, or Durant only to scramble in covering Harris, who’s making over 50% of his 3-point shots on catch-and-shoot situations.
I don’t want to be the head coach who has to plan a way to stop that offense.