Like many other members of the 2020 NBA Draft class, Desmond Bane’s career got off to a rather unique start. Monday night was the 100th game in Bane’s young career (105 if you include the playoffs.) What’s different is that Bane has reached that career milestone less than a year since he made his career debut on 12/23/2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a condensed schedule, many players played significantly more basketball in 2021 than any other calendar year in their careers, either before or in the NBA.
In my opinion, that makes the success Desmond Bane has had so far this season even more impressive. Bane, a legitimate candidate for Most Improved Player (possibly along with teammate Jaren Jackson Jr.), has been one of the league’s best players this year. It was right to label Bane as one of the best young shooters in the league as he entered his second season. However, Bane quickly established himself among the league’s snipers.
Bane is one of eight players this season to shoot at least 45% from the field and 40% or better from three, averaging 10+ FGA and 5 + 3PA per game. He’s in the league’s top 15 overall of three and is on course to challenge Mike Miller’s franchise record for most three by a Grizzlies player in a season, which stands at 201. He truly is one of the best shooters in the league, with a legitimate chance at a 50-40-90 season on significant volume.
Still, what stands out most about Bane now 100 games in his career is how rare he turns out to be, both in terms of the Grizzlies franchise and the NBA as a whole.
Tonight, in his 100th career regular season game, Desmond Bane scored his 200th career 3-point game.
– Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 21, 2021
As mentioned above, while Bane has played 100 games in less than a year, it only took a few games to realize just how special a shooting talent he is. Most importantly, I and many others were quick to assert that Bane was one of the best shooters in franchise history less than a month into his career, and the stats prove it. Not only did Bane have nearly 40 lines more than OJ Mayo (165) or Jaren Jackson Jr. (161), Bane had his three in more than 600 FGA less than Mayo and more than 200 FGA less than Jackson Jr on 100 career games. .
This is the difference that emerges between Bane and most shooters when starting their careers. If its frequency is certainly impressive, it is the precision and the quality of its shots. And this season, Bane quickly established that he could produce a better three than any other Grizzlies player to start his career:
Most times in the first 100 career games with 4+ 3s in a single-player Grizzlies game:
Bane 18, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Jaren Jackson Jr. 13
What makes this achievement even more impressive is that Bane has produced ten of those games in his last 17 games. In fact, setting aside the number of career games for now, only 20 Grizzlies have attempted 450 three or more in their career in franchise history. Bane is in the top 2 among 3P%, TS% and eFG%. The other player in the top two of these three categories is Mike Miller. Without a doubt, it looks like Bane is clearly the second-best three-point shooter in franchise history.
If he overtakes Miller for the three-point franchise record in one season, Bane could have a very strong record for first place.
Bane’s filming success starts to get really impressive when you compare his production to others in NBA history.
Desmond Bane is the sixth player in NBA history to make 200+ 3P and shoot 40% + from the 3P range in his first 100 games of his career.
Bane joins Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Duncan Robinson, Voshon Lenard and Landry Shamet. pic.twitter.com/pVPFQKGnQT
– Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 21, 2021
Bane’s rare combination of significant amount and elite accuracy beyond the arc to start his career is pretty impressive. Although this list contains players with great variation when it comes to their career trajectory, both players Bane have a better career% TS than to start his career (.591) is Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. And while the other three listed players may have had better production from three, a big reason for their success is that they were primarily film specialists.
Labeling Bane as an effective shooting specialist so early in his career should be a compliment. However, I don’t think that does justice to his overall level of impact as a shooter and a goalscorer. Of 36 players in NBA history with 900 or more field goal attempts and 450 three or more point attempts in the first 100 games of their career, Bane has the best TS% of the group. He is also one of only two players in this group to shoot at least 45% from the field, 42% or better from three and 85% or better from the free throw line.
The other player is Steph Curry.
While Bane’s specialty is shooting, his improved abilities as a scorer and his consistent ability to demonstrate effective shot selection create a rare skill set that very few players have demonstrated at Bane’s level so early on. in their career.
However, Bane’s shooting prowess in the first 100 games of his career is not without precedent. Yet this is the exact reason why Bane has arguably become one of the league’s most valuable players in terms of contract. Duncan Robinson made 326 threes on a 67.5% TS% in the first 100 games of his career, an immediate shooting impact no one has come close to matching in NBA history. Robinson turned that production into a 5-year, $ 90 million offseason.
Since the start of last year, Bane and Robinson have had pretty similar production numbers every night:
Scourge: 4.3 FG / 9.2 FGA 46.7 FG% / 42.1 3P% / 59.3 TS%
Robinson: 4.2 FG / 10.0 FGA 41.8 FG% / 38.6 3p% / 59.6 TS%
While it should be noted that Robinson has averaged over 8 3PA attempts per game, Bane is averaging over 6.5 per game this year, with his shooting and production rates continuing to increase despite nearly doubling. of his shooting volume compared to last year while Robinson’s numbers have plummeted. . The telling detail of these two players is that while Robinson owes around $ 18 million per season over the next two and a half seasons, Bane owes a total nearly $ 7 million during this period. It shows that Bane truly has one of the NBA’s most valuable contracts over the next few seasons.
The compliments and accolades Desmond Bane has received this season have certainly been deserved. However, the numbers he has produced this season, and through the first 100 games of his career, certainly validate some pretty bold statements:
Desmond Bane is one of the best shooters in the NBA.
Desmond Bane is one of the most impressive shooters in NBA history through his first 100 career games.
In terms of contracts, Desmond Bane is one of the league’s most valuable talents.
The sample size has now reached a level where Bane’s success is no accident. To ensure that his fire and score rates have remained constant or improved this year with the increase in usage that he has seen, there is ample evidence that he will be able to maintain that success in the future. .
For two decades, Grizzlies fans logically wanted one of the NBA’s best shooters to reside in Memphis. While Mike Miller has certainly played like this at times, Desmond Bane really seems to be on his way to reaching another level as a shooting star. Its continued development could be one of the biggest reasons this version of the Grizzlies reaches a new high of team success in franchise history.
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