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Klay Thompson's 3-pt shooting and 2 other surprising stats of the NBA season

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The NBA has thrown up its fair share of surprises already this season. Just a week into the new campaign, a lot of things have happened that have made fans sit up and take notice. 

Golden State's opening game demolition at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs was certainly a turn up for the books while Dallas starting the season 0-3 has also raised a few eyebrows. 

Jake Layman was praised heavily last night for his historic 8-minute cameo for the Portland Trail Blazers while the sheer amount of air balls; from the likes of Draymond Green and LeBron James - and Stephen Curry whiffing an open layup - have all been a little bit strange. 

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Here are three surprising statistics that stand out above the rest. 

Klay Thompson's 3-point shooting

The Warriors shooting guard is often considered one of the deadliest marksmen in the NBA but is struggling to find his rhythm from behind the arc. 

His game, on a whole, has been strong. Thompson is killing the mid-range jumper and his drives to the basket have been well timed and executed. Defence, as always, has been strong.

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

But from three, where he is usually so lethal, Klay is shooting 10.7% on his 28 attempts. Not to worry though Warriors fans, he's always been a streaky player and it won't be long before the two-time All-Star is back to the form that saw him drop 37 in one quarter.

LeBron James' free-throw shooting

For all the good things LeBron James does on the basketball court, he still has faults. His major fault is shooting. Whether it be from three, or from the charity stripe, he struggles. 

The four-time MVP is a career 74.4% shooter from the charity stripe, but this season has started particularly poorly. To the point where he is, after four games, averaging a career-low 63.3%.

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron has gone to the line 30 times and has only managed to succeed 19 times. His biggest miss was the air ball he shot against Houston. Despite this, James is still almost averaging a triple-double; 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists. 

Chicago Bulls' 3-point shooting

The Bulls have no shooter, Chicago will struggle to space the floor. These are the words of so-called experts before the season began. But, early days, it seems the franchise have no such problems. 

Throughout their opening three games, where they have remained unbeaten, Chicago has broken a franchise record for threes; nailing 31 so far. They are also shooting at a 42.5% clip from deep that makes them the third most efficient team in the NBA. 

Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

Dwyane Wade chipped in with five as he attempts to take more shots from three-point land, Jimmy Butler has six, but most of the buckets have come from Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and Isaiah Canaan.

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NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Klay Thompson
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Chicago Bulls

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