2. The 3-Point shot is ruling the NBA and the Pistons are playing along
It’s no secret that teams are using the 3-point line more often than ever before. The top two teams in the league this year, the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks, were lined with sharpshooters (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, & Kyle Korver to name a few). The interesting thing is seeing the Detroit Pistons follow this trend. Throughout franchise history, it has always been assumed that our team would be relatively adverse to offensive trends/offensive emphasis. To a degree, that’s changed under Stan Van Gundy’s watch.
The Pistons shot 24.9 three-point attempts per game this season, by far their biggest mark in 15 years. SVG’s squad finished 11th league-wide in attempts and also finished 8th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game with 8.6.
With Van Gundy’s likely pursuit of more shooters in place of non-system players, it can be inferred that these numbers will only go up. The system Detroit wants to implement is to have three to four shooters on the floor while building around one post player (think Dwight Howard in Orlando).