Many fans aren’t happy that the NBA is turning into a make or miss league. We can’t deny that the game is evolving, becoming faster, more precise, and more finessed. But if you see two teams shooting 40 or more threes in a game, there’s really not much to look into. That takes away all the game schemes, adjustments, and improvizing from the coaches and players, and you can only watch players pulling from deep most of the time. Of course, you have to respect the things that Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Trae Young are doing with their parking lot shots, but that can’t be the standard for the whole league.
Unfortunately for those who don’t like it, I have bad news, and I won’t be saying something that most of us don’t know, but the three-point trend isn’t going away anytime soon. From the 2011-12 season, three-point attempts have been increasing every season. In that particular season, teams attempted 18.4 threes per game on average, and today, they are averaging 34.7 three-pointers per game. Former Dutch NBA player Geert Hammink dislikes today’s game, and he talked about it in our 1-on-1 with Basketball Network interview.
“I think it becomes one-dimensional right now… The Portland Trailblazers shot 55 threes last night, 55 threes as opposed to 35 twos and that just becomes difficult to watch. And then of the 35 twos, I didn’t watch the game, but I imagine there were some long two’s as well”, Hammink said.Geert Hammink, via 1-0N-1 with Basketbal Network
Even though he doesn’t like how the modern game is played, the ex Orlando player thinks that the game could become less three-point dependent with some fine-tuning.
“I think if you adjust some rules back to where there’s a two-dimensional attack possible at least, to where post play and big guys are rewarded, or where it becomes more efficient to go to big guys in the post — the game becomes more attractive in the long-run.”Geert Hammink, via 1-0N-1 with Basketbal Network
Even though we could agree with Hammink’s words, there are no signs from the Association that it will change shortly. The league is going towards games with more and more points in which the offense is more favorable than the defense. It’s pretty hard to play tough defense today, and it will probably stay that way. The same goes for the three-point attempts – their number will be even higher in years ahead.