Mar 23, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill (44) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Houston defeats Indiana 110-100. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Add Offensive Versatility: Abandon Long Ball Dominance
It’s time to acknowledge: The Houston Rockets are no longer a three-point shooting team.
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Last season the team ranked 14th in three-point percentage (34.8%) though they shot an NBA high 31.8 attempts and scored 11.1 threes per game (also a league high mark). This season the Rockets keep attempting the same 31.8 shots but are only knocking down 9.7 ranking them 29th with a terrible percentage of only 30.6%.
It’s getting to a point where teams are almost daring the Rockets players to shoot three-points.
I believe that the path for the team’s improvement goes through diversifying plays, ball movement and player movement. Too often the Rockets offense stalls, with no motion at all. By adding two point jump shots and post plays (especially when Motiejunas returns) it would provide a more versatile offense. This would make the Rockets less predictable thereby making opponent defensive efforts more difficult to game plan for .
That’s not saying Houston must stop shooting threes, that should be an option, of many but absolutely not the only one.
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