Duncan Robinson is the Best Three-Point Shooter in Franchise History… and It’s Not Close

By Matt Dykstra | March 13, 2019

Duncan Robinson’s three-point shooting has been historically good all season, and now it’s official. In Monday’s game against the Memphis Hustle, Robinson knocked down another six three-pointers, flying past the franchise record of 144 made three-pointers in a single season.

Just one year ago, Skyforce fans watched as Ike Nwamu passed David Jackson’s record of 136 made threes in a season. Nwamu made 144 shots from long-distance on 394 attempts. In total, Nwamu shot 36.6 percent in 47 appearances during the 2017-18 season on his way to setting a then-franchise record.

Robinson now sits at 149 made three-pointers on the year.

What makes Robinson’s performance this season so special? He’s achieved the franchise record in just 32 games played, missing a large number of games while with the Miami HEAT as part of his two-way contract. Robinson is shooting an unprecedented 48.5 percent from beyond the arc this year, with just 309 attempts on the season. He currently holds the best three-point shooting percentage in the league, and the runner-up has attempted over 150 fewer threes on the year.

Simply put, Robinson is on fire.

As it stands now, Robinson is just 17 made three-pointers away from climbing into the top 10 in Sioux Falls franchise history. Again, keep in mind that he’s only played a little over half of one season. Robinson’s already been called back to the Miami HEAT as the NBA G League season comes to a close, so we may not see him accomplish that feat, but it’s an impressive prospect nonetheless.

To drive home the point, if you take Robinson’s average of 4.65 made threes per game and expand that to a 50-game season, his pace would put him at 232 makes on the year. That number would have placed him in the top four in franchise history in what would be the equivalent of one full G League season.

Robinson has averaged 20.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season and has scored over 20 points in his last 10-straight games played for the Skyforce, and 14 of his last 16 overall. Robinson has flown under the radar for his entire career, starting at NCAA Division III William & Mary prior to his transfer to Michigan. Now, in his rookie season as a pro, he’s developed into the G League’s most lethal outside threat.