Clippers’ Landry Shamet is more than a shooter – but he gets the point

first_imgWichita State didn’t make this year’s NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years, but Shockers fans should be able to tune into Clippers games in the coming weeks to see one of their former point guards play on.In Wichita, that’s how they think of Landry Shamet, the Clippers’ sharp new starting shooting guard – more as a point guard than as purely a long-distance sniper.In his two years at Wichita State, Shamet’s 288 career assists are the second most in school history through two seasons, and his 2.64 assist-to-turnover ratio also was the second best in that span (he trails only Toronto’s Fred VanVleet in both categories).Of course, Shamet also ranks second all-time in Wichita State history for 3-point percentage (43.7) and seventh in 3-point field goals (159). For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “It’s funny, people watching me now would probably think I’m a completely different person from last year,” said the 6-foot 5 Shamet, whom the Clippers acquired in the trade with Philadelphia that included Tobias Harris in February. “I was a point guard last year, and that’s all I did, play on the ball. I didn’t run off all these pin-downs. I was doing that growing up and stuff, but I know what I can bring and what I’ll hopefully develop into in this league.”Said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers of Shamet’s previous prowess at point: “We knew that, but you’re still not sure, you gotta get the guy in and see if he actually can do it. He’s not a ‘point,’ but he can play that position, if you know what I mean? It’s nice to have another ball handler on the floor, and he’s able to do that.” Shamet said Rivers – who added that he appreciates the rookie’s ability to push the pace – encourages him to control the action when opportunities arise.“He empowers it, tells us if we get a rebound and push, just go,” said Shamet, who turned 22 on March 13. “So any time I get a rebound defensively, it’s not like I feel like I have to look for a point guard. I’m comfortable, that’s what I’ve been doing – run it up. Doesn’t happen as often, but he definitely empowers you to play free, be you and do your thing.”His thing, so far, is firing from the arc.Shamet leads all qualifying rookies, shooting 42 percent from 3-point range this season. He surpassed 100 made 3-pointers in his 55th career game in his Clippers debut Feb. 9 at Boston, becoming just the 15th player in league history to make at least 100 threes in his first 55 career games.With two 3-pointers Tuesday against Indiana, Shamet passed OJ Mayo, Lauri Markkanen and Brandon Jennings for No. 13 on the NBA’s all-time rookie 3-pointers made leaderboard and currently sits two made 3s behind Buddy Hield and Mike Miller (148) for a share of No. 11.If he maintains his pace, he’ll make 166 3s this season, which would make him just the 10th rookie to make more than 150 and would tie Steph Curry’s rookie total.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates But Shamet’s not keeping count, he said.“No, I’m more into the playoffs, experiencing the playoffs the first time, finding ways to help the team win, other than just shooting the ball,” said Shamet, who is averaging 11.2 points per game for the Clippers and shooting 45.6 percent from deep on 6.4 attempts per game.“I think shooting night in and night out, like I’ve told you guys before, if I could control it, I would. If I could make all the shots I take (I would), but I’m more focused on the other aspects, getting better defensively, making my teammates better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more