As the Conference Season Approaches, and the 3PTAs Are in the 16 Range, AW, HOW DOES IT FEEL???

  • Once upon a trey you dreamed twos away

    Threw the bums short treys when time ran away, didn’t you?

    People call say ‘no more Bad Ball, you’re bound to stall’

    You thought they were all lovin’ you

    You used to laugh about

    Everybody that was blockin’ out

    Now you don’t talk so loud

    Now you don’t seem so proud

    About C5 making you have to scrounge your next three

    How does it feel, how does it feel?

    To be without 20 3-ptas

    Like a complete High-Low, like an Iba stone

    Ahh you’ve gone to the dribble drive schools, alright Miss Calamari

    But you know you only used to get deuced in it

    Nobody’s ever taught you how to live down in the paint

    And now you’re gonna have to get used to it

    You say you never compromise

    With the short trey tramp, but now you realize

    He’s not selling any alibis

    As you stare into the 16 attempts in his eyes

    And say do you want to make a three?

    How does it feel, how does it feel?

    To be on your own, without 20 3-ptas

    Just a complete High-Low, like a Iba stone

    Ah you never turned around to see the back downs

    By post offenders and the drivers when they all did tricks for you

    You never understood that it ain’t no good

    You shouldn’t let other players set your picks for you

    You used to pass third side for your Bill Self

    But you carried on your shoulder a Steph Curry elf

    Ain’t it hard when you discovered that

    Steph really wasn’t where it’s at

    After Self took from you every three he could steal

    How does it feel, how does it feel?

    To have on your own, with no quick trigger home

    Like a Carolina high-low, like an Iba stone

    Ahh trifectates on a steeple and all the quick trigger people

    They’re all drinking, thinking that the trey game is made

    Exchanging all precious gifts

    But you better take your trinity stripe, you better pawn it babe

    You used to be so amused

    At Napoleon in twos and the passing that he used

    Go to him he calls you, you can’t refuse

    When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose

    You’re invisible now, you’ve got no trinities to conceal

    How does it feel, ah how does it feel?

    To be on your own, with no direction home

    Like a Carolina High-Low, like an Iba stone

    (Note: Thanks and apologies to Bob Dylan)


  • If you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.

  • Brilliant work … great read.

    My take - The “goldilocks zone” for three pointers is 19-20, give or take a few per game. I use MSU as our guide from last season, as well as our current rate of threes for this season. 16 in a game we win and are productive offensively is perfectly acceptable. It just needs to be part of our accepted diet, at every meal (game). 19-20, plus or minus a few.

    But if we start going through stretches where we are averaging near 16 and not playing well offensively, that’s a different story. As much as I love threes, I love good offense better. And running the break, playing fast, and pressuring defenses with high/low passing and targeted penetration that exploits weaknesses – all good stuff – are perfect for this team’s make-up.

  • @HighEliteMajor said:

    But if we start going through stretches where we are averaging near 16 and not playing well offensively, that’s a different story.

    Yep. And I believe he will ramp up the attempts.

  • I think @HighEliteMajor has it nailed. If we are shooting 19-24 threes, that’s the sweet spot. More than 25 is probably too many unless we are shooting close to 50%. You want to take good looks, but you don’t want to settle for threes without seeing if you can get layups, get into the lane and draw fouls, etc.

    Ideally, 3PA and FTA should be pretty close to one another each game, with FT maybe a few higher since ideally the other team will be fouling down the stretch while we protect a lead.

    I have no problem with 16 if we are pushing the pace, getting out in transition, etc. because that means we are getting guys layups. I look at Frank and Devonte and I think each guy should create at least three open 3 point attempts each game for a teammate. These don’t have to be assists, but it’s part of PG play to create certain types of shots for certain guys.

    Ideally, BG and Svi should both get a couple good looks from three created for them each game by the PG. Selden should get a 3pt look and something on the interior off a cut, a lob or a post up. Perry should get a jumper along the baseline and something in the paint. Cheick should get a dunk or layup. Bragg should get a good look from 15 feet. As PGs, Frank and Devonte should be checking those items off their list every game. That makes sure that everyone gets involved and also makes sure that everyone has a chance to take shots they are comfortable with.

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