Although they’ve always been more hesitant to shoot threes than most, the San Antonio Spurs have always been able to rely on their accuracy from distance. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case this season.
After finishing as the fourth-best perimeter shooting team last season at 37.6 percent, San Antonio is now shooting just 35.6 percent this year, which is 20th in the league. Of all the teams in the bottom 11 in the category, the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are the only ones currently in the top eight of their respective conferences.
Clearly, being able to shoot often and shoot well from beyond the arc is becoming increasingly more important in the NBA. If you’ve been able to catch local broadcasts of Spurs games this season, the chances are high you’ve seen Sean Elliott begrudge the “modern-day fast break”, which is essentially pulling up for three when a layup or dunk is on the table.
As inefficient as it often seems, the longball is the new era of basketball, and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. With that said, the Spurs must make a concerted effort to fix their shooting woes heading into next season before they fall behind the curve once again.
The change can start right now with some tweaks, but the best bet to hope for is the Spurs refining their 3-point game over the offseason. Here are three ways they can get to where they need to be.
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