Atlanta Hawks: Evaluating Kent Bazemore

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Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kent Bazemore (6) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Three-Point Shooting

Bazemore isn’t necessarily a dagger 3-point shooter, and in this regard his signing isn’t dissimilar to that of DeMarre Carroll last summer. Bazemore has shown flashes of being able to score from deep, but seems to struggle to find consistency.

That’s what the Hawks development staff will be looking to help the North Carolina native with, but there were already some promising signs towards the end of last season.

Bazemore may only have played in 23 games for the Lakers, but his astronomical increase in minutes helped to give a much better indication of what he is truly capable of. Having only shot 29.4 and 25.6 percent from behind the arc in his two seasons with the Warriors, Bazemore knocked down 37.1 percent of his 3-point attempts as a Laker.

I doubt it’s a coincidence that Bazemore’s efficiency from deep went up with an increase in his minutes either. The increased confidence and feel for his game that he gained from playing, made Bazemore much more comfortable as a shooter.

So, priority No. 1 for the Hawks will be to instill confidence in him.

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