I wonder if Smart is benefiting as well from the 3PA being reduced because the style of offense AND the depth of the offense has reduced the number of times that he either has to, or feels like he has to, launch 3's.The Celtics have eight players shooting 40% or higher from three. That’s insane.
The team is at 50/40/85% for the season.
Even Smart is shooting 36% from three, and an encouraging 53.6% from two. The excellent spacing and ball movement creates lots of open space inside the arc.
Mazzulla has an offensive juggernaut on his hands. Every player accepts his role, and thrives in it. It’s really a beautiful example of efficient offense in its purest form in the three point era.
Hauser has exactly one unassisted basket this season, a putback. Every AL three has been assisted. 89% of White’s threes have been assisted. 91% for Grant Williams.
Open catch and shoot threes off ball movement has their offense looking like shootaround. Even Tatum is relying less on self generated threes, at 69% assisted this season, compared to 58% last year. It’s going to be very interesting when they add a top rim runner like Rob Williams to the offense.
Fake EDIT: Looked at Marcus's stats. His 3PA/game is almost exactly the same as last year (5.0 vs 5.1), but his 3P% is up from 33% to 36%