The Rockets’ loss 120-113 against the Miami Heat on Monday further illustrated the Rockets’ need for long-range shooting. The Rockets made just 34.1 percent of their triples, while the Heat shot nearly 42 percent from deep.
Even this is misleading, however, as the Fred VanVleet made seven of the Rockets’ 14 triples, while the rest of the team shot 7-for-27.
The Heat made more threes than the Rockets, despite shooting five fewer attempts in the game.
The Rockets rank 13th in 3-point shooting at 36.9 percent, but that’s partly because Dillon Brooks and Fred VanVleet, who account for a third of the Rockets’ 34 attempts, have had career years from long-range and are both shooting over 40 percent from distance.
Rockets could land famed shooter from Indiana Pacers
The Rockets have done their best to turn Aaron Holiday into a makeshift 3-point shooter (41.5 percent) but the volume (or lack thereof) doesn’t support the notion of Holiday being a knockdown sniper.
The Rockets could address this problem by trading for Buddy Hield, who is now available after being added to the trade block once more by the Indiana Pacers. On the following pages, we will take a look at what the Rockets can give up to land Hield.