It’s only been two games so far but the New York Knicks have provided many head scratching moments so far.
Whether it be Mike Woodson‘s rotations or strategy, this Knicks team has been a bit puzzling in their 1-1 start.
However nothing may be as confusing as the way the Knicks are shooting the three-point shot- or should I say not shooting the three-point shot.
Last season the Knicks set an NBA record by knocking down 891 three pointers last season. No one expected them to shoot it that well again this season, but the shot shouldn’t be disappearing from their repertoire.
So far they have only hit 12 shots from behind the arc through two games.
Even more surprising is the fact that they only took 13 against the Milwaukee Bucks, making only three.
They did take 24 against the Chicago Bulls the next night, making only nine.
Last year’s success was largely predicated on shooting and making a lot of threes. The strategy shouldn’t change.
The Knicks still don’t have a legitimate post presence and often play small. That means they will look to the perimeter more often. Also consider the fact that their major acquisition of Andrea Bargnani was made so the former No. 1 overall pick could stretch the floor. They also added pieces like Metta World Peace and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. that can shoot the ball from the perimeter.
Even Carmelo Anthony expressed some concerns, saying:
“I think we’re showing a different dynamic part our team. Last year we took a lot more 3-pointers than we took (now). We got to get guys to used to being in those spots and wanting to shoot those.”
Getting back to what works makes sense.
For this Knicks team to be successful, they have to be consistent from downtown.
With the way this Knicks team is assembled, shooting less three’s is not going to be the answer.
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