Houston Rockets: 3 goals for Austin Rivers in the 2019-20 season
3. Shoot at least 35 percent from the 3-point line
Austin Rivers isn’t an elite 3-point shooter, but he has been respectable from long distance for the majority of his career. As previously mentioned, Rivers struggled during the 29 games he played in Washington last season. While he did bounce back once he joined Houston, his 3-point shot never recovered.
Rivers shot just 32.1 percent from 3-point range in his 47 games with Houston and shot just 31.8 percent for the entire season. For a team that shoots so many 3’s, a shooting percentage that low just isn’t going to get it done.
Setting a goal for Rivers to shoot at least 35 percent from 3-point range next season may seem like a bit of a stretch, but he’s more than capable of hitting that mark. In the 2016-17 season, Rivers shot 37.1 percent from 3-point range and made 1.5 3’s per game, both of which were career highs at the time. In the 2017-18 season, Rivers was even more efficient, making 37.8 percent of his shots from downtown and draining 2.2 3’s per game, both of which are still career highs.
Rivers is actually a 34.7 percent career 3-point shooter and now that he’s had over half a season to get comfortable in Houston, his efficiency from long distance should definitely improve going forward.
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