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Houston Rockets Must Improve Three-Point Shooting

Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks up during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks up during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets will have to improve their three-point shooting under new head coach Mike D’Anotni.

In order for Mike D’Antoni‘s stint as the head coach of the Houston Rockets to be successful, the Rockets will need to fill their roster with capable three-point shooters.

That is nothing new of course. The Rockets have long desired to play at a fast pace in which they score most of their points within the paint or behind the three-point line.

That being said, the Rockets roster is often unsuited for the style of play they aspire towards. This past season, in particular, the Rockets ranked within the bottom half of the league in terms of three-point shooting– it left them exposed.

The Rockets will have to shoot the three better because their system has long emphasized  it, but they will also have to shoot the three better because D’Antoni’s system thrives off of it.

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During his tenure with Phoenix, D’Antoni took the Suns to back-to-back Western Conference finals appearances in 2005 and 2006. Both of those teams shared an obvious similarity; they were first in the league in three pointers attempted as well as three-point field goal percentage.

Despite the Rockets having suffered on the defensive end this past season, it makes sense that they would hire a coach who wants to shoot a lot of three pointers. D’Antoni has been among the league’s best coaches when he has a roster who is able to shoot the three at a high percentage.

With Kevin McHale as their head coach, the Rockets lacked a system that would best bring about their goal of shooting threes and playing fast. With D’Antoni at the helm, the Rockets offensive structure should be more ideal.

What is now important is that Rockets management find a way to bring in skilled three-point shooters. If the Rockets shoot the three the same way they did last season, it doesn’t matter who the coach is.

In order for D’Antoni and the Rockets to be a good match, the Rockets will need to be a top ten three-point shooting team. For the Rockets to be a good three-point shooting team, they have to have good three-point shooters.

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Though most of the league has transitioned to shooting a lot of threes, there are still other ways to win. With the style of play D’Antoni will implement, however, the Rockets will have to improve their three-point shooting percentage in order for it to be effective.

D’Antoni can have a positive impact in Houston, but I think the smoothest way to make that happen is for the Rockets to acquire better shooters. With the NBA finals soon reaching their halfway point, the Rockets will have the rest of the summer to start adjusting their roster.

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