Three-Point Shooting Has Been Philadelphia 76ers' Main Problem On Offense

By Alan Gung
Hollis Thompson
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Three-point shooting has been the crux of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ problem on offense. Their issues from outside particularly showed during Friday night’s 104-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

They’re 29th in the league in three-point percentage, and their 32-percent shooting is credited to a lack of scoring in the paint.

Michael Carter-Williams was the only starter to shoot over 50-percent on three-pointers against the Raptors Friday night. The rest of the starting lineup shot 1-for-12 on threes. The Sixers’ solution is to take less outside shots and play a physical game.

Even with a sharpshooter like James Anderson the Sixers can’t rely on their three-point game as Anderson went 0-for-3 on threes last night. The only other Sixer to hit his shots has been Hollis Thompson who has been reverted to the bench.

The Sixers shot 30-percent behind the arc in the loss and could have made the game close if they had just hit a few more shots. The Raptors were slightly better as they were 40-percent on threes.

The Sixers’ shot selection has been questionable as well. Spencer Hawes made the only other three-pointer among the starters, but he also shot a terrible 1-for-4.

Part of the problem for their woes has been Hawes’ attempts from the outside. Despite shooting 41-percent he lives and dies by the three. His shooting has been good, but he cannot rely entirely on threes. During the last five games Hawes’ three-point percentage has been 21.1-percent, including going 1-for-7 in the 107-99 to the Washington Wizards.

Coach Brett Brown will have to set new plays to improve the Sixers’ shot selection. The difficulty will be setting inside plays to big men Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen and Dewayne Dedmon without risking adding more players to the ever expanding injury list.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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