NBA Hall of Famer and former San Antonio Spurs Center David Robinson was a guest on NBA Radio on SiriusXM. While on the program he touched on what he sees as poor shot selection in today’s NBA.
Times have changed, as has the game. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are proof that they will live and die by the long ball. As we have seen through the regular season and the playoffs, the Warriors and Cavaliers are two teams that will easily take the 3-point shot over a layup, whereas other teams usually will take the higher-percentage layup or maybe a dunk over a pull-up three.
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The shot selection by not only these two teams but others in the league has caused a stir from former players–especially Robinson.
“The worst thing about the style nowadays is that so many bad shots are taken. It’s one thing if you’re taking open threes and good opportunities. Let’s work this thing like inside-out. Use your big guys to kind of collapse the defense. You know, transition, push to the rim and then you get open shots in transition. I think the Spurs do a fantastic job of that.”
Truly this is a league that is now all about the long ball. Back in the 90s it was all about the centers and moving the offense through the big men, which in turn would open up the outside for the guards. In today’s NBA, you have centers that are stepping out and feeling that they need to drop in a couple of threes to keep themselves relevant.
There are only a few centers in the league that are that: true centers. Teams are now moving more towards playing small-ball as the center position is easily fading away.
(H/T Jeff Garcia, Spurs Zone)