In the Milwaukee Bucks win over the Chicago Bulls in their last game before the All-Star break, undrafted rookie A.J. Green was the team’s leading scorer off the bench with 15 points and shooting five-for-seven from beyond the arc. The 15 points and five made threes were both career-tying stats for Green, who played collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa.
On a team that depends quite a bit on shooting threes, Green has been a pleasant addition to the Bucks. He has played in only 26 of the Bucks’ 58 games, but he has scored just under five points per game in those contests.
A.J. Green is eighth in the NBA this year in three-point shooting percentage
Where Green has really made his mark is his three-point shooting. He has made 33 of 77 three-point shots in the season, a .429 percentage. Of all players this season with at least 70 three-point attempts, Green’s .429 percentage ranks 8th in the league (he’s actually two percentage points ahead of Steph Curry whose percentage this season is .427). Green’s .429 three-point shooting percentage is first among rookies this year.
The Milwaukee Bucks record for highest three-point shooting percentage by a rookie is .404 by Malcolm Brogdon in 2016-17. Of all Bucks’ rookies who attempted 70 or more threes, Green’s .429 percentage ranks first. A strong finish to this season from Green should give him the record.
Here is a look at the Bucks’ rookies who have the highest three-point shooting percentages (minimum of 70 threes attempted to qualify).
Green is Number One in this Bucks’ rookie stat
A.J. Green, 2022-23: .429
Malcolm Brogdon, 2016-17: .404
Ray Allen, 1996-97: .393
Lee Mayberry, 1992-93: .391
Thom Maker, 2016-17: .378
Jerald Honeycutt, 1997-98: .377
Brandon Jennings, 2009-10: .374
Ersan Ilyasova, 2006-07: .365
Sterling Brown, 2017-18: 352
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2013-14: .347
The NBA record for highest three-point percentage by a rookie
The NBA record for highest three-point shooting percentage by a rookie (minimum of 82 three-point shot attempts to qualify) is .475 held by Matt Thomas of Toronto in 2019-20. Green’s current percentage of .429 would rank 14th on the all-time rookie list.
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