Crystal Langhorne of the Seattle Storm is having an incredibly efficient season.
As per usual, Crystal Langhorne is having an efficient season, once again. In her nine seasons in the WNBA, Langhorne has never had a field goal percentage under 51.5 percent. Let’s think about this number for a moment, she has always made more shots than she has missed over a season.
The even better number for Coach Jenny Boucek is Langhorne, apart from her rookie season, has never taken less than 200 shots in a year. Over 34 games, this equates to just under six field goals attempted per game. Since arriving in Seattle, Langhorne has shot 567-957 which equates to 59 percent from the field. This is higher than her career 57 percent.
I do not know how she does this, Langhorne is a 6-foot-2 center going up against players three to six inches taller than her even night and still shoots the ball so well. Her unconventional shot from the top of the key is a thing of beauty with it’s awkwardness.
What is special about this season however is Langhorne is shooting a career best 67.3 percent from the field. This has to be her career best as the current all-time season best is 66.8 percent, set in 2003 by Tamika Raymond. Last season, league MVP Nneke Ogwumike shot 66.5 percent.
Langhorne is ranked second all -time for career field goal percent behind only Sylvia Fowles, who is currently putting together a season which may push for MVP nomination.
Langhorne is playing on a team who is certainly on the up. With the exception of the evergreen 35 year old Sue Bird, the core is young. Breanna Stewart is in her second season, Jewell Loyd is in her third. Alysha Clark has just turned 30 and Sami Whitcomb is 28. There is a future.
You can rest assured, Langhorne will be on the end of many Bird passes which ill have her in an open position. Her play will open the court for Loyd, Stewart and Clark as she cannot be left alone. Especially after the 9-of-9 performance from last game. If she keeps this up she will have many more records coming her way.