3 point shooting has to be considered in context of a player's overall game. If player A shoots 45% from 3 but only takes 2 shots per game when he’s wide open, that isn’t half as impressive as say, Player B who puts up 10 shots a game but manages to hit 35%. Player B stretches the defence more, for one thing.
Also, a guy who can shoot off the dribble OR spot up (Players in the mould of Goulding, Beal, Holt) is, for my money a more dangerous overall "shooter" than someone who mostly just catches and shoots but doesn’t have as much ability to create their own 3 point shot (Players in the mould of Barlow, Forman, Kickert), but my point is we need to compare apples and oranges. From an overall team perspective you’d want both types of players. I like the balance that United has right now, with Goulding and Holt liable to pop one at any minute, and Kickert just waiting in the shadows for an open look. And of course, it depends on the percentages too- Forman is pure catch and shoot, but he’s consistently hit 40% + over many years and puts up a lot of shots.
Having said all that, 28-30% is probably what I consider a minimum benchmark. If you can’t hit very close to 30% of your 3’s then you obviously should start shooting less of them, and only taking better looks than you’ve been getting.
Anyone who shoots over 40%- especially if they put up 3+ 3’s a game is a heads up shooter that I want on my team.
It’s great that we have so many good 3 point shooters in the league this season, and we’ve already been treated to some elite individual shooting performances. I expect both Illawarra and Melbourne will come close to the record of 22 3 pointers at some point this season.