Chicago has the same peculiarity as the Spurs in 2019/20, which somewhat challenges the effectiveness of the “all for the 3-point” trend. Like the Texans at the time (even if the numbers changed at the end of the year), the Bulls indeed have the best percentage of address in the league in terms of address (38.5%) while being the team who takes the fewest shots from behind the arc (30 on average per game).
Nothing serious in the state, it is even rather a sign of the good health of a collective which, not only points to the first place of its conference, and above all, does not abuse this weapon and uses it wisely. Billy Donovan, however, expressed a desire to see his team take more 3-point shots, provided they are taken from the right positions, preferably after a drive.
“I would like us to take more. I think it would be good”he said Friday after the victory over the Wizards. “But I also think one of the areas where we need to improve is that we need to be better in our drives into the key. When you drive to the circle, you force a second defender into the paint to help, which is when the 3-point opportunities really start to come. I don’t like to say we have to take more 3-pointers just to say it. Because I don’t think all 3-point shots are created equal. There are some that are just plain bad in my opinion. Only take the good ones.”
Multiply the “attacks” towards the circle
For the Bulls coach, it is above all the animation of his team that must be worked on to create more situations of “good” 3-point shots. And the best solution according to him to get there is therefore to multiply the “attacks” towards the paint since Chicago is also one of the teams that drive the least towards the circle (41 on average per game this season, the 25th average in the league ).
“If you look at our team, we shoot well when the ball goes through Nikola Vucevic and then it comes out, or something happened in the key that forced a rotation and we came out. the ball at that moment”he added. “I think you can get more good 3-point situations if you provoke those situations. This is an aspect of our attack that we will have to improve. When we look at the stats on attempts near the circle, we are a team that does not generate enough shots like these. We are going to have to go into painting more”.
The situation is also explained by the profile of the players who make up the squad and paradoxically the presence of a Nikola Vucevic who tends to stay wide, to facilitate the drives of the DeRozan-LaVine pair on the one hand and also to penalize 3-point. Because this is the other particularity of this team, which has a limited number of shooters.
Still areas for improvement
Next to Nikola Vucevic, who works mainly in the “catch-and-shoot” rather facing the circle, only Zach LaVine can create his 3-point shot and be effective. We can also mention Lonzo Ball, who is currently above 40% success for the first season of his career. The whole remains however a fair bit and Billy Donovan therefore tries to correct the situation in this way.
“I’m not trying to be critical of our guys. I always try to look for ways to make them progress, so that they can continue to evolve collectively, while improving, by bringing them new things ”continued the coach. “I think we need to go into the paint more often. It allows us to go more on the line of free throws, to take offensive rebounds and also to have more opportunities to shoot at 3-pointers.
As he repeated after the night’s loss to Dallas, in which the Bulls turned in an unconvincing 11/33 from behind the arc: Even though Chicago is first in the East, “there are always ways to improve”.
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