How Salah Mejri has joined an exclusive group of big men in NBA history with his 3-point shooting this season

Apr 05, 2019 | by Gerry Fraley, SportsDay

Salah Mejri has joined an exclusive, hard-to-buy-clothes-for group: really big men who can make 3-pointers by design rather than chance.

Mejri has made 9 of 25 3-pointers, including 2 of 3 in the loss to Memphis. He was 1 for 3 on the shot in his first three NBA seasons.

Mejri is one of only six players in NBA history listed at 7-2 or taller with at least nine 3-pointers made in a season. Injured teammate Kristaps Porzingis is the leader, with 112 3-pointers for the New York Knicks in 2016-17.

The others on the list are Manute Bol, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Arvydas Sabonis and Alexis Ajinca.

For Mejri, this is not a party trick. The 3-point shot represents a way for him to stay in the league and help his club.

It all started during a conversation with Carlisle when Mejri re-signed with the club in early February after being waived.

Carlisle suggested that given the direction of the NBA game, Mejri should work on his 3-point shot. With Nowitzki in the forefront, the Mavs have favored big men who can step to the outside and shoot.

Mejri, after working with shooting coach Peter Patton, followed the advice. On Feb. 22, Mejri made a 3-pointer at Denver. Before that try, he was 1 for 9 lifetime on 3's.

"To be honest, I've been shooting since before I came to the Mavericks," Mejri said.

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