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Georges Niang, the joy of shining against his former team

I don't know if you know but I played for the Sixers last year “, coward Georges Niang, teasing in front of journalists. Facing his former team from Philadelphia, traveling to Cleveland last night, the 30-year-old shooter stood out.

Skillful from a distance (5/10), he took advantage of his team's good spacing to take a few trips to the circle despite his lack of athleticism and speed. As a result, the player with a clumsy style increased his total points to 25 points (10/14 on shots), one of his best outings of the season.

It sucks to be on the other side. But we know what he can do. We know that once he sees one or two come in, it will be difficult to contain him behind the 3-point line », Remarks Tyrese Maxey about his ex-teammate, who had scored 9 points in two seasons with the Sixers.

He was often in the right place at the right time and even when we changed coverage several times, it didn't really work. Then, we made a big mistake on him once by changing in defense. You can't make that kind of mistake with a guy like him. Especially when he is already in full possession of his means. […] He's one of the best shooters in the league. He clearly had a great match against his former team “, congratulates Nick Nurse.

He is not exaggerating when talking about the former Jazz player, who is in good form at the moment. Since the All-Star Game, his percentages have risen very high, to 51% overall success including 46% at 3-points, for an average of 11 points. For 13 games, he has even averaged nearly 15 points with 49% skill behind the arc.

Georges Niang is aware that the dynamic “ can go one way or the other “. “ I've been shooting since the start of my career. I started slowly this year, but remaining confident in your routine […], we must continue to take the shots », summarizes the one who, for example, had difficulty in December (8 points at 38.5% on shots).

This streak seems distant today for Niang who finds it positive to have beaten the Sixers, “ especially since we had the impression of having missed two matches against them without Joel (Embiid) before that one “.

Georges Niang Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts L.F. Off Def Early Pd Party Int Bp Ct Pts
2016-17 IND 23 4 25.0 8.3 100.0 0.1 0.7 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.9
2017-18 UTH 9 4 36.4 0.0 50.0 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 1.0
2018-19 UTH 59 9 47.5 41.0 83.3 0.2 1.3 1.5 0.6 1.0 0.2 0.4 0.1 4.0
2019-20 UTH 66 14 43.8 40.0 83.3 0.2 1.7 1.9 0.7 1.1 0.3 0.5 0.1 5.9
2020-21 UTH 72 16 43.7 42.5 95.7 0.4 2.1 2.4 0.8 1.6 0.4 0.7 0.1 6.9
2021-22 PHL 76 23 43.7 40.3 88.1 0.3 2.3 2.7 1.3 2.5 0.4 0.8 0.2 9.2
2022-23 PHL 78 19 44.2 40.1 86.7 0.2 2.1 2.4 1.0 1.9 0.4 0.7 0.2 8.2
2023-24 KEY 73 23 44.9 38.0 85.7 0.3 3.2 3.5 1.2 2.4 0.3 0.9 0.2 9.4
Total 456 17 44.1 39.8 86.8 0.3 2.1 2.3 0.9 1.7 0.3 0.6 0.1 7.0

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.

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