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Most underrated shooters

PER Diem: March 3, 2010

Updated: March 4, 2010, 10:22 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Chauncey Billups shoots 43.9 percent, yet he's one of the most valuable offensive players in the league. That's a fact. But I've had unusual difficulty explaining it to people concisely. Yes, he has a great true shooting percentage, but that's not quite the entire answer. Lots of players have great TS percentages, and Billups is pretty much the only one to do so while shooting such a low percentage from the floor.

I tend to say that "He shoots a lot of free throws and 3s," or, more precisely, "He makes a lot of free throws and 3s." But that, too, seems unwieldy. What we need is a single tool, a simple two-word explainer that shows how a player like Billups can be such a devastating weapon while missing nearly three-fifths of his field goal attempts.

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