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From a D-3 Player to One of the Leagues Best Three-Point Shooters, the Story of Duncan Robinson

The story of Duncan Robinson is a rather complex story. Coming out of high school, Duncan had no D-1 offers, so he decided to play at Williams College, which is a D-3 school. In his time at Williams College, Duncan averaged 17.1 points per game while shooting 55.7% from the field, 45.3% from three, and 87.8% from the free-throw line. His lone season at Williams College was great, and with that, he would get his chance to play D-1. Duncan transferred to the University of Michigan with three years of eligibility remaining.

In his first season at Michigan, Duncan had a solid year, averaging 11.2 points per game while shooting 45.7% from the field and an absurd 45% from three. Next season, Duncan’s numbers dropped a bit as he averaged 7.7 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, but once again, he shot well from three, hitting 42.4% of his attempts. In his final year, Duncan averaged 9.2 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, but his three-point percentage dropped to 38.4%, which was still decent. 

Duncan entered the 2018 NBA draft, but he went undrafted. He signed a contract with the G League team, Sioux Falls Skyforce, which is the affiliate of the Miami Heat. Eventually, he signed a two-way contract with the Heat, meaning he would spend some time in the NBA and some time in the G League during the 2018-2019 season. While in the G League, Duncan played amazing averaging 21.4 points per game while shooting 51.4% from the field and an insane 48.3% from three. His play was good enough to get him some playing time on the Heat roster where he didn’t perform very well, averaging 3.3 points per game on 39.1% shooting from the field and 28.6% from three. Despite the underwhelming numbers in the league, Duncan was given another opportunity on the Heat roster in the 2019-2020 season, and he did not disappoint. 

Duncan showed the league just how good of a shooter he is, averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 46.7% from the field and a incredible 44.8% from three. His consistent three-point shooting was good enough to get him an invite to the Mountain Dew Three-Point Contest over all-star weekend. Duncan averages a ridiculous 8.4 three-point attempts per game and only averages 1.1 two-point attempts per game. Those numbers are that of a three-point specialist, and that is exactly what Duncan is. Duncan is currently third in the NBA in total three-pointers made at 243. He only trails James Harden, who is number one, and reigning Mountain Dew Three-Point Contest champion, Buddy Hield, who is only one three-pointer ahead of him.

The story of Duncan Robinson shows you that no matter how many people doubt you and no matter how long it takes if you keep working and keep pushing, you can achieve anything.

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