Dallas Wings center Astou Ndour is one of the WNBA’s best three-point shooters at her position.
Last season for the Chicago Sky, the 6’5 Ndour shot .424 from three, on average making 0.7 threes per 1.6 attempts per game. While Ndour does not take that many three-pointers per game, she makes a very high percentage of those shots.
In a media availability on Friday, Ndour spoke about her three-point shooting.
“I was working a lot on my three-point shooting because before I joined the league, I was not shooting threes. I was working a lot practicing and if I have the chance to do it, I’m gonna do it because it will help me in the game. I am the type of player who is going to be down in the post so if I have this in my game, it’ll add more.”
During Ndour’s first three seasons in the WNBA, she did not have a three-point percentage higher than .344. Averaging .424 from three last season in her fourth year in the league is a MASSIVE improvement.
The Seattle Storm’s Alysha Clark led the WNBA in three-point percentage last season, making a whopping .481 of her shots. Ndour, while at a lot less of a volume, is not far behind Clark’s really impressive percentage.
Ndour is not the only center who has made three-point shooting part of her game. The New York Liberty’s Amanda Zawui B. averaged 2.9 three-point attempts per game last season, shooting .319 from downtown.
In 2019 for the Chicago Sky, Ndour averaged 6.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 17.5 minutes a game. Ndour made almost half of her shots with a field goal percentage of .492.
Last February, the Sky traded Ndour to the Dallas Wings for a 2021 1st round pick. Sky head coach and GM James Wade expressed in a statement that he did not want to move on from Ndour.
“It’s a very hard day for me personally and for the Sky nation. Today we traded a great piece of our family in Astou. We loved Astou in a Sky uniform, but the unfortunate side of free agency is that we are forced to make decisions that make it so what you want to do, and what you have to do, does not always perfectly line up. We wish her nothing but the best.”
With Astou Ndour now on the young Wings squad, it should be interesting to see if she can take her three-point shooting to another level this 2020 WNBA season.
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