The Minnesota Timberwolves need to keep pace with the league and shoot more three-point shots.
One of the featured games on ESPN on Friday night was the Houston Rockets throttling the San Antonio Spurs 124-109 in a game played in Houston. As usual, the Rockets shot a lot of three-pointers, made a lot of three-pointers and they easily defeated a very competitive Spurs team. It is time for the Minnesota Timberwolves to follow that path.
There is no reason that the Timberwolves should be 28th in the league in three-point shots per game. Minnesota is throwing up 22.8 threes a game while having a team full of capable three-pointer shooters.
So far in the 2017-18 season, the Timberwolves have played 13 different players. Cole Aldrich is the only player to not make a three and he is also the only Timberwolves player not to attempt one (despite every pregame practicing half-court shots with Jimmy Butler).In fact, six Timberwolves players have hit over 20 three-pointers this season but they still are in the bottom of the league for three-point shooting.
Obviously some Timberwolves are better three-point shooters than others, but there’s a good handful of players you’d trust shooting from deep: Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jamal Crawford, Jimmy Butler, Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones. All of those players shouldn’t be afraid to shoot it a couple times a game from deep.
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The Timberwolves have much bigger problems on their hands than retooling their offensive flow, but more of a three-point emphasis might help the Timberwolves more easily put teams away. The win against Sacramento on Thursday was one of very few games this season where you felt comfortable throughout the whole game as a fan of the Timberwolves.
Minnesota doesn’t need to go from shooting 22.8 threes a game to Houston’s 43.3 per, but the Wolves could increase the formula by about eight threes per game. Currently 17 teams in the NBA shoot at least 29 three-point shots per game.
There is a feeling of uneasy still around the Timberwolves despite the team leading their division and being fourth in the Western Conference and more threes might just help ease the fanbase.
The Timberwolves continue their fight for the playoffs on Saturday night. Minnesota takes on the Phoenix Suns at Target Center in the debut of their bright green jerseys.