If asked to name the NBA’s top 3-point shooters since the start of last season, perhaps the names of Steph Curry, Buddy Hield or some other noted sharpshooter would pass through one’s lips.
But don’t forget Bobby Portis.
That’s right, there’s been few better shooting from long range than Milwaukee Bucks big man over the past year-plus.
In fact, you might say there’s been none better who is currently playing. Only Brooklyn’s Joe Harris, who has been sidelined since late November with an ankle injury, has a better 3-point percentage (with a minimum of 200 attempts) since the 2020-21 season than Portis.
Portis is knocking down 45.5% of his 3 attempts over that span (Harris is at 47.4%). A pair of Los Angeles Clippers – Marcus Morris (44.7%) and Luke Kennard (44.4%) – are next on the list.
The 6-foot-10 Portis has always been a decent 3-point shooter, but he’s taken it to another level with the Bucks. He made 36.0% from behind the arc from 2015-20 with Chicago, Washington and New York.
Last season, Portis finished third in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 47.1%. This season he’s ranked seventh at 43.7% heading into Milwaukee’s game Friday night against the Nets.
Portis has become more of a volume 3-point shooter this season as well. He’s averaging 2.0 makes and 4.6 attempts from 3 – both of which would be career highs (his previous best was 1.5 and 3.8 over the 2018-19 season with the Bulls and Wizards).
The sixth-year pro and fan favorite has already had nine games making 3+ 3-pointers. That’s already the second most he’s had in any season of his career, topped only by the 14 he had during 2018-19. His five games with 4+ 3s ties his season high – which he had last year.
That’s one cause for Portis averaging 15.3 points per game, which also would be a career best. He’s also on pace for career marks in minutes (27.8), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (0.9).
He’s also a big reason the Bucks are eighth in the league in 3-point percentage (36.2%) and fourth in points scored via 3-pointers (38.4%).
Portis and the Bucks look to shoot their way past Brooklyn on Friday night. Catch the action on Bally Sports Wisconsin starting with Bucks Live at 6 p.m.
-- Milwaukee is 8-1 at Brooklyn in the regular season since the 2015-16 season, although the Nets’ win came in their previous matchup last Jan. 18.
-- That 8-1 record is the fourth-best winning percentage (.889) against a conference opponent since 2015-16 and third best by a team in the East.
-- This will be the 15th career regular-season matchup between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo has averaged 26.2 points in those meetings and Durant 26.5 points.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar and basketball-reference.com