Both JJ and Crawford KILL PEOPLE when they take midrange jumpers
Kobe Bryant makes a living from midrange. So does Dirk. so does Brandon Roy. So does Deron Williams.
Carmelo is a lethal scorer based off of his midrange prowess.
Rip Hamilton's entire offensive game is the midrange jumper.
Zach Randolph, a guy that used to jack up his share of 3's, is now a midrange MONSTER.
If Iggy had a midrange shot, he'd be better than JJ.
Monta Ellis, Chris Bosh, Luou Deng . . .
Wow . . . seriously? You devalue the midrange jumper that much, even though you watch JJ night in and night out pretty much kill people with it?
You are simply wrong on almost all accounts, which normally is a very hard thing to do. Niremetal already took care of the JJ issue:http://hoopdata.com/...ame=Joe Johnson
Zach Randolphhttp://www.hoopdata....e=Zach Randolph
The ONLY players of all of these to have a better efg% from mid range jumpers than 3 point are Kobe (but it is only barely so and he is still much better at the rim) and Randolph (but only this season). And the only player to score a majority of his fgs from mid range jumpers is Dirk.
Everyone else is better and scores more at either the rim or 3 point. You say that Zach Randolph is a "midrange monster?" The guy hits 28.9% from 10 to 15ft and 46% from 16-23 feet.
Melo a lethal scorer based on his "mid range prowess?" The guy hits 1.1 shots per game from 10-15ft, and 2.8 from 16-23 (7.8ppg) . Meanwhile he hits 5.1 shots at the rim, and 0.8 from the three point line (12.6 ppg).
And if you still refuse to see this, here's the league averages:http://hoopdata.com/shotstats.aspx
at the rim: 60.3efg% 3.2 points
<10 feet: 44.1 efg% 0.8 points
10-15ft: 40efg%, 0.6 points
16-23ft: 39.7 efg%, 1.6 points
3 point: 52.4efg%, 2.1 points
Your points have been shown completely false by the data available. If this isn't enough to convince you, I don't know what is. The data shows you are wrong, the way NBA teams play defense shows you are wrong, every columnist thinks you are wrong. There is a reason good defensive teams emphasize preventing penetration and 3 point shots.