Daryl Morey imposed himself as the loudest advocate for the NBA’s three-point revolution, creating one of the most 3-point friendly teams the league has ever seen. He now seems to have backtracked on his basketball philosophy.
We have two of the elite — out of maybe like seven in the NBA — people inside the three-point arc. If you have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and even Tobias Harris, who’s an elite sort of 15-foot-and-in player, you know, you can still win that way, but it’s just so rare.Daryl Morey, Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast
After joining the 76ers as president of basketball operations, Morey made some tweaks to the roster – trading Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry – to make the Sixers fit better in the three-point era he had helped create. And so far, it’s working.
Philadelphia is No.1 in the East, fighting with the Utah Jazz for the best record in the whole association. But it’s not due to their elite long-range shooting. Morey’s Sixers currently rank 28th in 3PA (29.1) and 25th in 3P (10.8), doing most of the damage from inside the paint rather than from deep.
In today’s NBA, that in and of itself is an anomaly. But the fact it’s working forced Morey to change his mind on an analytic movement he has long been on the forefront of and admit that the game has become too one-dimensional. He even offered a solution to the problem — devaluation of the three-point shot.
There’s so many more people who can shoot threes wide open than there are who can be efficient 15 feet and in. It’s just too big of a bonus, right? You wanted the three-pointer so people would have to space the floor and get more dynamic play, which has worked, but they just gave it too much, you know. It should be two-and-a-half points; I mean, that’s really the bottom line.Daryl Morey, Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast
Until that happens, the former Executive of the Year banks on the league to annul the unfair advantage players get when shooting the corner three. According to Morey, widening the court to increase the distance for corner 3-pointers is inevitable.
I expect that to happen. A corner three is basically the same as getting a rim shot, a medium-guarded rim shot, which is sort of insane when you factor in fouls and everything else. So yeah, it’s too big of a positive.Daryl Morey, Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast
Rule changes would indubitably help diversify the game and make it less predictable. The only question is, is it that bad that the league has to intervene? Daryl Morey just said teams are shooting too many threes. So I guess it is.