The rims at Staples Center haven’t been kind to Los Angeles Lakers rookie Svi Mykhailiuk so far this season. The rims at the UCLA Health Training Center have been kind to him, as have the rims at the Thomas & Mack Center, but the rims at Staples just haven’t done it for the 21-year-old.
Through 13 games this season, Mykhailiuk is shooting 25.7 percent from the field and converting just 27.3 percent of his 22 total 3-point attempts in the NBA. He’s looked less like Klay Thomspon and more like actual clay on the basketball court.
Clearly frustrated with the way he shot, Mykhailiuk stayed after the game to try and make friends with the rims at Staples:
Svi’s currently out on the court to get more shots up. He was 1 for 5 from 3, but Luke Walton said it was important he fired them, as they saw how San Antonio was rotating and eventually the 3’s started to fall (7 of the 14 3’s came in the 4th Q). pic.twitter.com/dlSRGKtiM8— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 6, 2018
I like that Svi is getting reps in on the Staples Center hoops. The depth perception is different than at the practice facility and most of his misses are short. https://t.co/qrWgDunMkv— Laker Film Room (@LakerFilmRoom) December 6, 2018
Obviously, the sexiest thing about Mykhailiuk’s game is his potential as a 3-point shooter. However, he’s also shown promise in other areas, like passing and defense, and it’s earned him sporadic playing time this season. If he can continue to find ways to effect the game when his shots aren’t falling, he’ll be a more complete player when they do start to go in.
It’s also been promising to see that most of Mykhailiuk’s shots have been good shots. According to NBA.com, 48.6 percent of his field goal attempts have been open or wide-open. Additionally, 57.1 percent of his shots have been of the catch-and-shoot variety.
Again, he’s not converting them with any consistency, but the coaching staff would much rather have him taking and missing good shots than have him jacking up contested 3-pointers.
It might take longer than fans expected, but with the dedication he’s showing to improving, it will only be a matter of time before Svi starts making it rain from behind the 3-point line again.
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