Smith on verge of setting new three-point standards

Feb 26, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Smith on verge of setting new three-point standards

Jamar Smith has long been known as one of the best three-point shooters in competition history. A 7DAYS EuroCup champion with Unicaja Malaga in 2017, Smith is in his third season with UNICS Kazan and has been an instrumental part of the UNICS backcourt that already has the team in the quarterfinals and in position to secure homecourt advantage for the next stage with a win in Round 6 of the Top 16.

Smith has made 206 three-pointers for his EuroCup career, which is 1 shy of Marko Popovic for second place on the all-time charts. He is also within striking distance of the all-time leader, Rafa Martinez (223). Smith has done so while shooting 44.4% on three-pointers for his career, compared to Popovic's 39.1% and Martinez's 41.1%.

Even with his past accomplishments, Smith is not only doing his best shooting this season, but he is also producing one of the best three-point shooting campaigns in competition history.

Only one player has ever made more three-pointers at a higher accuracy rate than Jamar Smith's current 47 triples on 85 attempts or 55.3%. That man was Henry Domercant who was 52 for 91 (57.1%) playing for Dynamo Moscow back in the 2007-08 season. Smith's 3.4 triples per contest are also the most ever at such high percentages.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old's accuracy is almost 10% higher than his previous single-season high and Smith needs just 4 more three-point shots to reach his previous single-season career-high set last season. In his last appearance, Smith made a career-best 6 of 7 from long range in a quarterfinals-clinching victory and if UNICS goes on a deep run, reaching the single-season three-point record total of 63 is not out of the realm of possibilities for Smith, either.

This has all also led to Smith averaging 16.1 points this season, shattering his previous career-high and ranking fifth in scoring in the EuroCup this season. It has come with great consistency, too. Smith has knocked down at least 1 three-point shot in each game this season and has made at least 3 three-point shots in nine of his 14 appearances.

Most importantly, these individual marks have also come along with team success. If Smith continues knocking down shots at this rate, UNICS might remain in the competition long enough for the veteran sharpshooter to set some new EuroCup standards.