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Sorry LeBron - stats show sleeved jerseys make NBA players better

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LeBron James has been very vocal recently about his dislike of the sleeved jerseys which seem to be popular with the NBA hierarchy at the moment.

The Heat star's most recent criticism came after a low-scoring performance against the San Antonio Spurs, as he sought to explain his poor shooting form that night.

But while LeBron has struggled to adapt to the new designs - he has hit just 44.4% from the field in his three 'sleeved games' compared to 58.3 in the traditional jersey - the New York Times has shown that others are fairing much better.

Across the league this season, players wearing sleeved jerseys have made 46.3% of their shots while players shooting in normal jerseys average 45.3%.

In fact, out of all the NBA teams to have donned the criticised jerseys only the Golden State Warriors are down on their field-goal season average whilst wearing sleeves, and even then only by 0.4% from 45.6 to 45.2.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have worn sleeved jerseys 10 times in total, have been able to maintain the same field-goal percentages in both styles.

So while James himself is clearly affected by having to perform in sleeve jersey's it seems that the rest of the NBA is getting on just fine with the modern uniforms - even if they are not to everybody's taste.

Unfortunately for James' opponents however, the Miami Heat are not scheduled to wear sleeves again for the remainder of the campaign.

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