Houston Rockets re-signing Kelly Olynyk Pro #2: They need his shooting
The Rockets have been the worst 3-point shooting team in the league this season, which goes a long way to explaining their league-worst record. In the NBA winning and losing have become intrinsically tied to how a team shoots from deep.
To make matters worse for the Rockets, they attempt the third-most 3-pointers as an overall percentage of their shots. The team is in a precarious situation where their offense is generating the types of shots that lead to success but their roster is incapable of capitalizing on it.
Kelly Olynyk’s 3-point stroke would give the Rockets a much-needed boost from behind the arc and help to drag their offense out of the basement. While Olynyk has only ever shot over 40-percent from 3-point range for a full season twice in his career, he has been better than the league average over the entirety of his career.
It can’t be forgotten that when it comes to shooting your position matters. It’s much more valuable to have a center who can hit threes because of how it takes your opponent’s best rim protector away from the paint.
Olynyk won’t solve all of the Rockets’ problems but he’ll go a long way in helping fix their most glaring weakness. If his 17 game cameo is a harbinger of things to come then he might just shoot them back towards the playoffs.
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