Michigan State Basketball: Predicting stat leaders for 2020-21 season

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Field goal percentage (guards): Josh Langford

The best pure shooter on the team with the prettiest shot is Josh Langford and it might not be terribly close. Before his injury a couple of years ago, he was in the midst of a career season. He was shooting 44 percent from the floor which was up from 43 percent the year before and 50 percent as a freshman.

Langford might not be the same athlete he was before the injury, but he hasn’t lost that elite jumper. He can drill it from anywhere and boy does it look good coming off his hands.

We are going to see him shoot around 45 percent from the floor.

Field goal percentage (post players):

My first guess would have been Joey Hauser for this spot, but because he shoots threes, his numbers are destined to drop. He may shoot 40-plus percent from 3-point range, but it’ll still bring down his overall field goal percentage.

So that leaves me with a couple of options, but I’m going out on a limb here and I’m going to say Mady Sissoko. Marcus Bingham Jr. will improve this season but he, too, shoots from distance. Sissoko is more of a natural post player with that 6-9 frame and 7-4 wingspan. This dude is going to hang in the post all day and make a living with put-backs and easy dunks. Malik Hall would be another solid guess here.

My money is on Sissoko to not shoot a ton, but to lead all post players at around 55-60 percent.

3-point shooting percentage: Gabe Brown

I have a friend who would bash me for this prediction, but Gabe Brown is going to have himself a nice little season and that means leading the team in 3-point shooting percentage. When he’s healthy and has the confidence, he’s a lights-out shooter.

Just ask LSU.