Yuta Watanabe currently leads the NBA in three-point percentage

The Brooklyn Nets could have a secret weapon in their hands if they fire forward, Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese superstar starts the 2022-23 NBA strong and currently leads the league by three percentage points.

Although the 28-year-old was signed by the Nets this year on a non-guaranteed minimum deal, Watanabe has proven to be one of the most efficient two-way players for the Nets and in the league. As of this writing, Watanabe has a 57.1% 3-point percentage and a 76.6% field goal effective percentage this season. He is first to Bruno Fernando of the Houston Rockets in three-point percentage and second in effective field goal percentage.

With a 57.1% three-pointer shot rate, Watanabe is well above most players in the league, including the three-pointer king himself, Steph Curry, who sits in 19th place with 44.3%. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is second at 53.8%, followed by Kevin Huerter at 51%, Dean Wade at 50%, and Brandon Ingram at 49%. Watanabe is currently beating the likes of Damion Lee, Kelly Olynyk and Mikal Bridges in a threesome. To put Watanabe’s growth in perspective, his first four NBA seasons have averaged a 35.2% three-point percentage.

Watanabe proves he is a force to be reckoned with and not to sleep on. He’s also one of Brooklyn’s most reliable fullbacks currently, able to hold his own against some of the league’s top scorers at switches, as well as with his eagerness to recover and attack the ground on a fast break. Since his last game against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, Watanabe is shooting 66% three-pointers in his last three games and 57% three-pointers all season.

In other sports news, Dwight Howard made an impressive debut as the Taoyuan Leopard in the Taiwan League.


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