Wow, I am sure all Utah Utes fans are raving after the amazing win against Evergreen State and analyzing every last minute play. But all I was looking at was the offense. The Utes were clearly playing a far lesser opponent. With that I was looking to see what the Utes would do because they really could do whatever they wanted.
What did the Utes do? They pushed the tempo whenever they wanted as much as they could. The Utes got in the paint for _ points and many of them as result of the transition game. The Utes even pressed Evergreen State to increase the transition game even more. What was the offense missing against The Geoducks? (Yep, I found something to improve)
There is one offensive shot that has proven to be a key indicator in the NBA for offensive efficiency, the corner three. As proof, the Spurs and Heat were two of the best offenses in the NBA. They both were top teams in shooting and making corner three point shots. The corner three is considered one of the most efficient shots on the floor by basketball stat geeks. It is the shortest three point shot on the floor in the NBA, but the corner three is still a great indicator on offensive efficiency.
Being able to hit the corner three can crush help defenses trying to cheat or get the team get more layups as the defense stays pat on the three point shooter. The corner three is also a good shot in the sense of offensive rebounding. When you miss a corner 3 the rebound almost always goes to the same spot, right outside the restricted area on the other side of the court.
There is a key component for teams that hit a lot of corners threes, players with the ability to drive to the paint with ease. In the Utes’ starting lineup there are two who should be able to do that night in and out, Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge. The starters also have two players to hit the corner three, Dakari Tucker and Brandon Taylor. They have plenty of other players coming off their bench to fill the role of driver and shooter. So, why in a game where they could get anything they wanted did the Utes only shoot 2 corner threes? Because they could get whatever they want against the clams of Evergreen State.
As the Utes play better teams and defenses I will be looking for the corner three to show more in the shot chart. If it doesn’t the Utes are missing out on a better, more efficient offense.