Zack Lowe of Sports Illustrated has a really interesting look at the value of shooting corner 3-pointers. First, here’s his description:
It has become accepted among NBA geeks that the hierarchy of the “best” shots, from most efficient to least, goes something like this:
2. Free throws
3. Corner three-pointers
4. Other three-pointers
5. Mid-range shots
Teams last season shot 39 percent on corner threes, which is about the same percentage teams shoot overall on two-pointers outside the restricted area. Teams last season shot about 35.5 percent on all three-pointers, meaning they shot something like 33.5 percent to 34 percent on three-pointers taken anywhere but the corners.
In short: The corner three is a great shot, something Spurs coach Gregg Popovich understood probably before the Internet became a thing.
And, in his section on coaches, Lowe notes that the Pistons have improved immensely at defending corner threes under Lawrence Frank:
Another coach to watch: Lawrence Frank. The Pistons are right behind Philly in corner-three attempts allowed after surrendering many more than average last season while playing at a tortoise-like pace. Frank, of course, is a defense-first coach who spent 2010-11 with the Celtics, a team that patrols the corner well.
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