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How Malik Beasley, and not Jamal Murray, became Nuggets deadliest weapon from downtown

How Malik Beasley, and not Jamal Murray, became Nuggets deadliest weapon from downtown
Published On: Mon, Jan 28
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Dejounte Murray (Washington) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

In hindsight, the Nuggetsa€™ deadliest 3-point shooting stroke was the mother of all inside jobs. It started in the summer, betweenA Malik Beasleya€™s ears.

a€œJust putting in the work, watching film, believing in myself, simple as that,a€ the third-year shooting guard explained. a€œIta€™s hard to do. But if you put in the work, the worka€™s already done when you get out there on the court.a€

Sometimes, you resort to taking the cartridge out and blowing on the sucker. Other times, youa€™re stuck jiggling the wires until the light comes on. The reset button is the fingerprint of the soul, as unique as it is personal.

For his jumper, it was a simple tweak. Maybe two. A little shift in balance. A slight adjustment of the arc on the release. Rinse. Repeat.

a€œNothing dramatically changed,a€ offered Beasley, although the percentages sure as heck have: The former first-round draft pick went into the Nuggetsa€™ back-to-back tilts with Philadelphia and Phoenix this weekend at theA Pepsi Centerranked second among the top six backcourt players in 3-point makes (84) and 3-point percentage (.420). This after converting from beyond the arc at a pedestrian clip of 34.1 percent and 32.1 percent each of the last two seasons.

a€œIt takes a little time, like a few months, just to get the basics down,a€ Beasley said. a€œBut once I got that down, I took a lot of reps. It became easy. Now I know, if I miss a shot, ita€™s this reason or that reason.a€

Rote makes rhythm. And vice versa.A Jamal MurrayA made suggestions here and there. So did veteran guardA Isaiah Thomas, whose work behind the scenes, in the locker room and at practice has proven invaluable to a roster thata€™s figuring out how to navigate the NBAa€™s merciless, star-stuffed Western Conference.

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