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 by: Robin Miller - Sun, 21 Apr 2024 01:31 UTC

Looney looking to elevate offensive game next season

By Taylor Wirth

• Published 6 hours ago

Kevon Looney knows he has work to do this offseason if he is to remain
an everyday option for the Warriors at the center position next season.

The 28-year-old big man recognizes that in today's NBA, every position
on the court needs to be a capable scorer. And after an underwhelming
2023-24 NBA season in which he started just 36 games and was supplanted
by rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis, Looney is taking it upon himself to
improve on the offensive end.

In speaking to reporters on Wednesday following the Warriors' NBA
Play-In Tournament loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Golden 1
Center, Looney was asked if he wants to improve his shooting this
offseason after appearing to take more midrange shots this season.

"For sure. Yes, definitely," Looney said. "I know I can shoot it. It's
something I haven't been asked to do. It's something that they never
needed me to do. But they might not ask me to do that next year, but I
feel like to get on the court pretty long in my career, the next step
for me is to be able to evolve my game and be more offensive-minded and
be able to affect the game more than just one way.

"So, something I've been working on. Even since toward the end of the
season, I've been working on it more, working out with Dario [Šarić],
picking his brain — he's a guy that kind of plays that way. Trying to
learn as much as I can learn from different players. Just watching the
way the league is going, I know I have to add more stuff, and I'm
excited for that process this summer, just to continue to work on my
game, and I'll get better."

Looney has averaged only 5.0 points on 58.3-percent shooting from the
field across nine seasons and has made only 10 of 60 (16.7 percent)
career 3-pointers.

While he's never been known as a scorer in the NBA, Looney was an
offensive machine at Alexander Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Across his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Looney averaged a
combined 24.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. In his one
2014-15 season at UCLA, Looney averaged 11.6 points per game and even
shot 41.5 percent from the 3-point line.

His offensive prowess in high school earned him the nickname "Milwaukee
Loon" from his Warriors teammates years later in the NBA, a nod to the
scorer who was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Associated
Press Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin.

Having played alongside Hall of Fame sharpshooters Steph Curry and Klay
Thompson for so many years, Looney might be looking to take a page out
of their book next season, and has a goal in mind should he begin
pulling up from beyond the arc.

"Yeah, yeah. I can make a three. Yeah," Looney said when asked if he
plans to attempt for 3-pointers.

"When I look around the league, for a big, if I can shoot 35, 36
percent, I think that's serviceable for all the other stuff I bring to
the court. So, that's probably about the goal right there."

While the Warriors won't rely on Looney taking a step forward
offensively next season, it certainly would benefit him to adapt and
improve his game any way he can.

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