Reasons To Be Excited About Training Camp: No. 9 Shooters
No. 9: Shooters
Without delving too deeply into the math, consider that by making 211 three-pointers last season, Ryan Anderson authored the 21st-most prolific campaign in NBA history (Golden State’s Stephen Curry shattered the all-time record with 272). Yet despite Anderson compiling one of the greatest individual shooting campaigns of all time, as a team New Orleans still finished in the bottom half of the league in made threes, placing 19th at 535 (an average of 6.5 treys per game). By comparison, league-leading Houston averaged 10.6 successful three-pointers per game, meaning the Rockets scored 996 more points than the Hornets from beyond the arc alone.
New Orleans’ No. 19 ranking could receive a nice bump in 2013-14 due to a variety of factors, namely the free-agent addition of Anthony Morrow, the added experience of Brian Roberts in his second NBA season and a return to health by Eric Gordon.
Morrow is a career 42.4 percent shooter, ranking him fifth among all active players. At 2012 NBA All-Star in Orlando, Morrow joined Anderson in being selected to participate in the three-point shootout (Kevin Love defeated Kevin Durant in the finals that year). Roberts shot 38.6 percent from long range as a rookie, an excellent rate, particularly for a point guard. The Pelicans also could benefit from a return to form from Gordon, who’s a career 36.3 percent shooter, but dipped to 32.4 last season.
Though it wasn’t by design, Morrow will be wearing a reminder of his three-point shooting exploits on his chest every game this season. After being unable to select his jersey-number preferences of 23 (Anthony Davis already had it), 2 (Darius Miller) or 22 (Roberts), for the first time in his NBA career Morrow will somewhat appropriately be sporting No. 3.