The Enigma That is Bryon Mullens and his Three-point Shot

April 20, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens (22) takes a jump shot during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. Grizzlies win 85-80. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

60 percent of the time, it works every time.

That line from Anchor Man just about sums up the basketball player formally known as Byron Mullens.

More accurately, it reflects how people perceive Mullens’ thought process when it comes to three point shooting.

In Charlotte’s first two games, Mullens couldn’t buy a three.

Against the Suns, his treys kept the ‘Cats in the game.

Statistically its hard to justify how many threes he takes; Seven-feet-of-smooth made just 24 percent of the long balls he took last year, and in his first two seasons of professional basketball, he didn’t even take a three.

“But, Bryan,” you might be saying, “he barely played in those first two years.”

You’re right. However, in his lone year at Ohio State, Mullens didn’t take a single three.

So why does Mullens take so many threes that it’s hard to imagine him thinking anything at the point of release other than “KOBE!”?

And, the bigger question; Why does Mike Dunlap seemingly let him treat the ball like he’s Ray Allen in a bigger, pastier frame?

Honestly, I don’t know.

Despite his terrific performance from behind the arc against the Suns, Mullens is shooting just 33 percent from distance this year.  That should tell you all you need to know about how poorly he shot it in the first two games.

The terrifying thing about that game against the Suns is that Mullens probably feels justified for all the future threes he’ll take this year.

I’m not saying he shouldn’t ever shoot them. He’s proven he can make them at times.

For the sake of Charlotte’s W/L record and team shooting percentage, though, Dunlap should seriously look at capping the amount of threes Mullens takes without draining one as the season develops.


Topics: Byron Mullens, Charlotte Bobcats

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