There was a time when Jameer Nelson played alongside Dwight Howard on 50-win Orlando Magic teams. Of course, that was a while ago and since then the veteran point guard has struggled with his shooting.
Of course, playing on poor teams with sub-par talent around you can contribute to such, especially when you’re viewed as one of the top offensive weapons.
But now a member of the Dallas Mavericks, Jameer Nelson expects to be a much better shooter, hinting that playing alongside better talent will open up shots for him.
“My 3-point percentage hopefully will go up playing with better guys,” he said. “The looks will be there. Dirk will draw a lot of attention. Monta draws a lot of attention. Chandler Parsons, too. Everybody’s going to draw attention, so somebody’s going to be open. I’m just preparing myself to make open shots.”
While it remains to be seen if Jameer Nelson can actually follow through on his comments, he does have history backing him up.
During the past two seasons on a sub-par Magic team, Nelson shot 39 percent from the floor and 34 percent from beyond the arc. During seasons in which the Magic fielded a much better roster, he shot a much more impressive total, shooting 44 percent from the field and 40 percent from the perimeter during the 2010-11 season.
Nelson may not shoot that well again as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, though it will be difficult not to improve off his poor numbers from the past two years.