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Laker Film Room: Svi Mykhailiuk hits 20 straight 3-Pointers at Lakers practice

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Move, LeBron...you’re in my shot!

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What’s up, Laker fans? Svete here. So I know I’ve done one or two or five Svi Mykhailiuk videos this offseason, and it wasn’t my plan to make another one. But I was standing in the Lakers practice facility yesterday, half-recording the guys and half-trying to figure out a new phone, and this dude hits 20 straight threes in a breakdown drill right in front of me.

T-W-E-N-T-Y.

Yes, most NBA players are excellent shooters in practice settings. No, they are not usually this good, which is why Lakers assistant Miles Simon asked “how many in a row was that?” once Svi finally missed. The old coaching idiom — which I have no idea if it’s true, but it sounds about right — is that a player shoots around double the percentage in practice that he does in games. But these weren’t just regular, spot-up 3’s that he was taking.

Let’s take a closer look at Svi’s incredible shooting display, and what Svi and Simon were trying to accomplish.

Simon is taking Svi through a shooting circuit here, trying to simulate different scenarios where he’s on the move and has to set his feet before getting the shot up. Relocations to the corner, wide pin-downs, drifts, backpedaling, etc. They aren’t executed at game-speed — which is not uncommon in a practice settings where they’re attempting to address details — but they do involve a variety of different types of footwork.

I am emotionally prepared for Svi to be on the outside of the rotation looking in at the beginning of the season, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering what a guy like this does when he has LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Lonzo Ball creating shots for him.

TWENTY!

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