3 reasons why the Rockets' early Summer League success shouldn't be ignored

Anthony Duckett
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2. The Houston Rockets are playing without Armoni Brooks

In the modern era of the NBA, 3-point shooting is pivotal to a team's likelihood of winning. Many of the league's stars of yesteryear (looking at you Charles Barkley) have fought back on this, stating that the league should be played like it used to, where a big man dominates the paint.

But big men now-a-days even have more range than ever before, which also proves how important it is to be efficient from long-range. Simply put, threes count more than twos, and allow more scoring opportunities on less shots.

The Rockets have been one of the main examples of this over the past decade, as they've consistently ranked near the top of the league in 3-point attempts year-after-year. One of the Rockets' best shooters in 2020-21 was Armoni Brooks, who made 38.2% of his threes on 7.9 attempts during that season.

Brooks was added midway through the season by the Rockets, and played a total of 20 games with the franchise. Brooks made NBA history last season when he made the most threes through a player's first 17 games (47 threes), breaking Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard's previous record of 43.

Brooks hasn't been with the Rockets in the Summer League, due to the league's health and safety protocols. The Rockets could certainly use Brooks in Vegas, as they've made just 33.5% of their long-range attempts through their first two games, despite taking the fourth-most shots from long-range (33.5) in Vegas.