Casual NBA fans often have a wrong perception and don’t understand the game itself is very difficult, and it’s not that easy to score a bucket if you don’t have a clear path to the basket. A lot of fans are convinced that defense is almost non-existent in the NBA, and that is not true.
Ray Allen, who is regarded as one of the best shooters and pure scorers in NBA history, shared some light on the level of difficulty in getting easy shots in a regular NBA game. He said getting 20 shots a game is a difficult task, especially if you are trying to have open looks that don’t often happen in a single game.
Allen elaborated on the difference between good and bad shooting nights and what should be the goal of every player in the game. Getting “free looks” is a necessity if you want to have a good game, and if you are able to knock those down, the entire flow of the game changes to your advantage.
“You have no idea how hard it is to attempt 20 shots in a game. Try to get 20 quality shots? It’s impossible, no way. When you are the featured player, you are defended differently. Your goal in a game should be getting something called “free looks” on wide-open shots, and make six of them, knowing that the other 12 are going to be contested, and they are so fucking hard to make. You might go fucking 3-for-12 or 4-for-12, but if you go 6-for-8? OK, now you are 9-for-20 or 10-for-20, and you’re whole again. So, on the night, you are 3-8 on your free looks and then 3-for-12 on your contested ones, then you have those fucking horrible shooting nights.”