These 3 Houston Rockets need to start mixing in more mid-range shots

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3. Jeff Green

Jeff Green has only been with the Houston the Rockets for 10 games but is already making an offensive impact. His 46.4 percent shooting from downtown has been a pleasant surprise so far, as he’s generally hit about one-third of his threes (33.5 percent) throughout his career. What the veteran forward is also doing well is choosing his spots wisely when it comes to if he should shoot the open jumper or drive to the hoop.

Against the Orlando Magic, he showed how effective he can be when attacking the basket, only shooting one three and finishing 8-of-8 on the night. While just about everyone on the team has the ability to catch and shoot, sometimes that’s exactly what opposing defenses want.

Jeff Green is already a great slasher to the basket and has shown he can nail the 3-pointer with regularity. To keep defenses on their heels, he should also throw in some jumpers from just inside the arc. Doing so with some success could make him even tougher to guard when he puts the ball on the floor.

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Green has had some success in years past with nailing middies. In 2017-18 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he made 35 of his 96 attempts for 36.5 percent. The following season for the Washington Wizards, he converted on 42.9 percent of his mid-range shots, making 45 of his 105 attempts.

Through 10 games, Green has only attempted one mid-range jumper. Given his overall abilities, he would be a good option to start shooting a few more.

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