Dwight Howard plans on shooting more 3-pointers next season for Hawks (VIDEO)

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Dwight Howard has always been a player who operated around the basket, either with athletic but gawky post moves or by offensive rebounding prowess. But now the Atlanta Hawks big man is going to add something else to his game: 3-point shooting.

Howard appeared on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Tuesday, and during the discussion announced that he had been working on his 3-point shooting as a means to extend his career.

He was well aware that it’s going to be strange for folks to see him suddenly shooting 3-pointers when he has never really been a shooter outside of eight feet.

For context, Howard has taken a total of 56 3-pointers during his 13-year career.

Via Twitter:

To shed some more light on this, in addition to being a career 56.6 percent free-throw shooter, here are Howard’s splits from last season, per Basketball-Reference.com:

  • At rim: 72.6%
  • 3 to 10 feet: 32.7%
  • 10 to 16 feet: 33.3%
  • 60 to 3-point line: 24%
  • 3-point line+: 0%

Not great, Bob.

Let’s see if he actually shoots them next season. The Hawks need something now that they lost Kyle Korver, I guess?