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DeMar DeRozan is finally looking to add a three-point shot to his game

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Having won their second championship in three years, the Golden State Warriors are currently the most dominant team in the NBA.

Not only are they the best team, but they have had an influence on the entire league in terms of the brand of basketball that many teams adopt.

Since taking over as head coach of the Warriors in 2014, Steve Kerr has used 'small ball' to great effect and utilised the shooting abilities of his star players.

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being arguably the two best shooters in the league's history, Kerr has focused on creating a devastating offence that sees them use the three-point shot to great effect.

The addition of Kevin Durant last year made them even more formidable in that department and they can be credited with creating a new era in the NBA where three-pointers are the norm.

The game is now almost exclusively played on the perimeter and the focus is quickly shifting to creating small lineups and ushering out the big men.

Most of the league's star players are shooting threes regularly and those who haven't been known to be prolific shooters from beyond the arc are working diligently to perfect that part of their game.

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One player who is taking that approach this summer is Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan. The All-Star shooting guard is arguably the only elite player in his position that doesn't venture out to the three-point line.

Last year he averaged a career-high 27.3 points per game and very rarely took threes.

Instead, DeRozan is known as the king of the mid-range shot and looks to use his size, athleticism and impressive footwork to get into the paint to finish at the rim and post up smaller guards.

However, according to his recent Instagram story, it looks like he's ready to improve on his outside shooting.

DeRozan posted an image that showed him make 64 percent of 700 three-point shots that he attempted.

The All-NBA guard is a career 28.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc and if he can finally add this to his game, he will elevate himself to another level, which is one of his main goals moving forward.

Speaking about his intentions for the upcoming season, DeRozan told ESPN: "Continue to get better, continue to win.

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"Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year."

The 28-year-old has worked hard on his offensive game and if he becomes a threat from downtown, he won't have many flaws left to address.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
DeMar DeRozan
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
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