They need him so bad, they need to move over there once in a generation player to a position that ill suits him
Comparison's for Davis have been Marcus Camby, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russel, David Robinson. Many centers and hybrid 4/5s on the list, very few pure PFs. I'm starting to think McNamara's call of David Robinson was the right one. The Admiral was strong but never bulky and he was elite on both sides of the ball in the era of dominant centers like Olajuwan, Ewing and Shaq.
Why 38? Why not 35 or 36? Cause, in my mind, there are certain thresholds. Guys that shoot over 35 and then the next level up, guys that shoot 40+.
35% = Adequate. Defenders still sagging off you, but you're good enough at open 3s that you'll take it.
37.5% = Good. Defenders stick with you and you create space.
40%+ = Elite. Teams game plan for you and try and keep you from getting the ball.
So why wasn't this guy, that averaged 24.3 ppg, shooting more 3's? Did it make him less of a player or a shooter?
I think there's 2 things. There is something to be said for having a varied game to keep the defense off balance and give you the space to be efficient from 3. Second, this is the era of advanced stats which is part of why "positions are dead". You have roles now, not positions, and if you're a legit complete player great, if not, just give me what you're best at and let someone else better do the things you're not as good at. Like vs. Dallas there was a point where Rivers passed up a pretty wide open 3 to give the ball to an open Anderson. That's a smart decision that might not have been made in previous eras where there wasn't as much focus on maximizing efficiency.