The NBA as a league is constantly evolving, and we’re now living in an era where shooting, especially for the three-point territory. Teams build their offense and their roster around versatile players that can shot it from pretty much anywhere. The depletion of a dominant post presence and making plays out of the post is no longer prevalent in the league today, and it’s something many fans mention as one of the reasons the league is no longer watchable.
Nobody wants to see players jacking up threes all game long, sometimes forcing it to an extent the game itself becomes unwatchable, and it’s hurting the NBA product as a whole. Current NBA player and Pelicans center Steven Adams said something exciting about players forcing threes and how the times has changed to before. Adams used a brilliant example of when he started playing basketball; if you jacked up a three, the coach would probably bench you for the remainder of the game even though you made the shot.
It’s not so much of a surprise now to see someone on a fast break jack a 3. Back in the day, mate, even if you made it, you’re bloody (getting subbed out and put) on the bench. Now it’s, why go for a layup? Shoot a 3.Steven Adams, via Jim Eichenhofer
Steven Adams on prevalence of three-point shooting in #NBA: “It’s not so much of a surprise now to see someone on a fast break jack a 3. Back in the day mate, even if you made it, you’re bloody (getting subbed out and put) on the bench. Now it’s, why go for a layup? Shoot a 3!”
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) March 3, 2021
A big percentage of NBA fans and analysts are dissatisfied with the new trends in the NBA because a lot of times, it’s predictable, and basketball is not only about three-point shooting. The players themselves are more skilled than ever before, but advanced analytics has shifted how teams devise their strategies and run their offense. Whether that will change or not remains to be seen. A lack of dominant big men in the post is also one reason for this change, and teams are now counting on guards and forwards to carry the load on offense.