3. 3-point shooting
The 24-year-old Caboclo has the ability to shoot the triple, although he’s struggled from long-range this season. Caboclo has shot 16 percent from deep this season for the Grizzlies and a mere 16.7 percent in the G League this season.
Although that’s a horrible clip from downtown, the latter number is more concerning, considering the dropoff in competition between the NBA and the G-League. We generally see players light it up in the G League and struggle to repeat these performances in the NBA, which hasn’t necessarily been the case for Caboclo this season.
Fortunately, the Brazilian Kevin Durant shot 43 percent from deep during the 2018-19 season in the G League and shot 36.9 percent for the Grizzlies as well, which is encouraging. Caboclo doesn’t necessarily have to be a sniper because he’ll have plenty of open looks from downtown, due to the presence of both Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but he’ll have to make a fair amount of those.
The Rockets are shooting 43.8 triples per game, which are the most in the league, so Caboclo will have plenty of opportunities to catch fire from downtown. He’s been a career 31.9 percent shooter from deep over the course of his NBA career and 35.3 percent during his tenure in the G League. This should be serviceable enough for the Rockets and could very well improve with two facilitators playing alongside him.
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