Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant recently revealed he doesn’t feel a real difference between Wilson and Spalding basketball.
The 2021-22 NBA season forced many players to adapt for the first time in a long time. Especially the offensive players. First, NBA rule changes have made it harder for players like James Harden, Trae Young to foul and go to the free throw line.
Second, the NBA transferred the ball to Wilson from Spalding during the offseason. The result of these changes? Relatively low averages in field goal and percentages of three points. In addition, players are averaging fewer points per game than usual.
The reason most NBA players are in a shooting crisis. pic.twitter.com/aKVrYekRb5
– JRPodCast (@ P0dJr) November 2, 2021
For example, Damian Lillard is firing a disappointing 34.9% shot from the field and 23.1% from the 3-point line. Likewise, Bradley Beal is also going through a shooting crisis with his three-point shooting at his career low of 22.9%.
Damian Lillard on his shooting slump: “I think I’m playing well. When I watch the movie, I play the game well. I just don’t shoot.
– Sean Highkin (@highkin) October 26, 2021
We’re talking about some of the greatest goalscorers of all time here. Still, it’s highly likely that gamers will find out soon.
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Kevin Durant says new Wilson ball looks the same to old Spalding basketball
The NBA changed its basketball from Spalding to Wilson for the first time in 37 years. Looks like they’re still getting used to the change. As a result, the league’s average percentage of 44.6% FG is the lowest since 2004, while the 3PT percentage of 34.2% is the lowest since 1999.
NBA League Averages
.446 FG% (lowest since 2004)
.342 3PT% (lowest since 1999)
Hahaha these guys look known with just a hint of the officiating deadball era 😂😂😂
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– Revisionist history (@ Mast3rmo) November 2, 2021
However, we are seeing that some of the players are successful despite the change. One of them being Kevin Durant. The Nets superstar recently came over and said he doesn’t feel any difference between Wilson and Spalding basketballs.
Kevin Durant on New Wilson Balls: “For me it’s the same.”
– Matt Brooks (@MattBrooksNBA) November 6, 2021
And it shows. The two-time NBA champion is averaging 28.3 points per game. In addition, he scores with excellent efficiency, shooting 56.9% from court and 36.6% from depth.
However, no one is really surprised at how well he has adapted to the new ball. After all, we are arguably talking about the greatest goalscorer in basketball history.
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Ultimately, NBA players are the crème de la crème in basketball. So switching from a Spalding bullet to a Wilson bullet will not deprive them of their shooting abilities.
As a result, more players can be expected to follow Kevin Durant and improve their shooting percentages over time.