And actually, about that fadeaway motion, for a rhythm shooter I don't think he has to lose the fadeaway motion to be more consistent. I shoot a better percentage on my jump shots when I fade away. I can't exactly explain why -- just muscle memory I guess -- but from what I've seen I don't think it's that uncommon. For players that are scorers rather than pure shooters, it's more important to find a rhythm that works for you than it is to worry about having textbook form. Big-time NBA scorers like Lebron James and Paul Pierce, for example, fade away on long jumpers all the time and they find the bottom of the net pretty regularly.
You said he's gradually declined every year but I don't think the numbers show that. 43% to 25% to 23.5% on midrange jumpers in three years? That's not a gradual decline that's falling off a cliff. And it begs for a more comprehensive explanation than "dude can't shoot". I already gave you some possible explanations that make sense to me, but I'll add some more:
In his second season he seemed intent to take more 3 point shots but he missed an awful lot of them so the defense backed off and packed the lane. Those open midrange jumpers he was getting his rookie season turned into tightly contested pull-up shots in traffic which is a low-percentage shot for any player. To make matters worse, his lack of explosiveness on drives because of the foot and ankle problems made it difficult for him to get to the basket and finish like he did in his rookie season so he was throwing up junk all over the court instead. I think his shot selection that year was a much bigger problem than his shooting form. We all saw him throw layups wildly off the backboard because he didn't even have a clear view of the basket anymore, and that doesn't get any easier when you move another 5-10 feet further out.
This season, both Westphal and Smart took the ball out of his hands and made him spot up at the three point line, a shot that he has absolutely no confidence in making at this point in his career. He flat out stopped taking them by the second half of the season. But instead of throwing up junk like he did last year, he picked his spots better, and his overall FG% skyrocketed up to 50% the last two months of the season. Sure most of those attempts were at the rim, but he was still putting the ball in the basket. And if he keeps doing that then the mid range shots will open up for him again and he should at least be able to get back up to the low to mid 40s on his midrange percentage where he was at his rookie season.
That's what I saw anyway, but since you clearly don't think too highly of my opinion why do you think his shooting has gotten worse every year?
And yes you are being condescending when you throw up a few stats out of context and then act like the matter has been settled and there's no need for further discussion. I've been posting unpopular opinions since I joined this board so I'm used to catching a lot of flak. More often than not my observations have proven correct though so I'll continue making them. If all you care about is winning arguments, than fine. Build yourself a crown and wear it. Kingster asked a question and I gave my obervation. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. In fact, if all I have to say is something that is so obvious no one would disagree with it (ie Tyreke couldn't shoot straight this season) than I don't even bother posting at all. I didn't mind that you disagreed with me. The manner in which you did it read as disrespectful.