Hey, did you know the Houston Rockets are advanced?
So advanced they want to take a whole lot of 3-pointers, since they’re worth more than 2-pointers, as you know.
Just how many 3-pointers, though? Well, if this Wall Street Journal feature is to be believed, the Rockets would like to attempt 50 3-pointers per game, which would obliterate the record they set last year, when they averaged 40.
“We can definitely average more than we did last year,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in an interview. “I don’t think we averaged 50. We could average 50 this year.”
That sounds completely nuts. No team before last year had taken 50 threes in any game. D’Antoni wants his team to do it every game.
The Rockets averaged 40 last season and destroyed the record for most 3-point attempts by 23%. They would incinerate their own record by another 24% if they somehow average 50 this season. They also would likely become the first NBA team to shoot more 3-pointers than 2-pointers.
OK, sure, but — BUT! — what if it works out that 50 3-pointers per game is not the right number? Well, you’re gonna have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to slip something like that past Mike D’Antoni.
“Maybe we get so great at driving that we only average 40 threes,” D’Antoni said. “I’m fine with that.”
But hold on. Doesn’t this all seem a little arbitrary? Why 50? Why not 51, or 47, or 75? Wouldn’t it make more sense to take shots because they are good shots, and a good shooter is taking them, rather than to shoot for benchmark figures that don’t necessarily represent anything?
Well, yes. Yes, as it turns out, that’s just what the Rockets want to do.
Take (D’Antoni’s) thoughts on whether there is such a thing as too many 3-pointers.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “If it’s a bad shot, it’s too many. If it’s still the right shot, and you’ve got the right guy shooting it, then I don’t think so.”
So the Rockets are planning on shooting 50 3-pointers per game, unless that’s not the right number, in which case they won’t.