The Brooklyn Nets should be amongst the premier three-point shooting teams in the NBA next season; especially with the dynamic tandem of Taurean Prince and Joe Harris.
Here’s a fun fact that everyone reading this article is fully aware of: the three-point shot has never had such great significance in the NBA as it does right now. And luckily for the Brooklyn Nets, they have two of the best catch and shoot players in the NBA from beyond the arc in Joe Harris and Taurean Prince.
Under the direction of Kenny Atkinson, the Nets primarily run a motion-spread offense. Which means, in the simplest terms possible, they rely heavily on ball movement. They also rely on their perimeter threats moving well without the basketball. This creates a high volume of looks from three-point range, where they have two of the NBA’s premier shooters from that distance.
A man that needs no introduction, a fan favorite around these parts, Joe Harris finished last season with the highest three-point percentage in the NBA (47.4%)—but you likely already know of that statistic.
What you may not have known, however, is that Harris was the most efficient perimeter catch and shoot player in the NBA as well. For players with a minimum of four attempts per contest, Harris shot a league-best 48.1 percent in these instances.
He always has to be accounted for, which can be attributed to him shooting 48.6 percent from distance in looks that are considered to be “wide open”—having no defender within 6 feet of his shot attempt.
As I mentioned, he isn’t the whole three-point shooting aficionado for coach Atkinson. Taurean Prince has, well, underwhelmed in his NBA career thus far given the projections set upon him by many.
However, when he’s consistent on both ends of the floor, you won’t find a better “3 and D” player in the NBA.
But that aforementioned consistency has plagued him throughout his young career up to the point; the good news is that you wouldn’t be able to translate that if you looked solely at his three-pointing shooting stats.
Last year in Atlanta, Prince shot a career-best 39.0 percent from three on 5.7 attempts per game. That’s pretty impressive, especially given his size and athleticism, his stroke complemented with his physical attributes makes him a dynamic weapon for the Nets’ coaching staff.
In catch and shoot opportunites, Prince shot 42.8 percent, which makes him one of the NBA’s elite in that category given his efficiency.
With the ever-growing playmaking acumen of Kyrie Irving, who is no stranger to breaking a defense down from the top of the perimeter and kicking it out to one of his perimeter guys—these meshing of styles could prove beneficial for the Nets.
Likewise, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert’s playmaking abilities are respectable in their own rights, and they too could build a nice rapport with these flamethrowers from beyond the arc.
Atkinson and company are going to have an intriguing offense to work with; Joe Harris and Taurean Prince are sure to be key components in the Nets’ dynamic.