NBA Scoring Skyrocketing at Insane Pace as Game Continues to Change
The name of the game is offence.
Draymond Green said it best. To paraphrase – players don’t really care about defense anymore. The key is not to stop your opponent from scoring, it is to outscore your opponent. To all the defensive enthusiast, this mindset will not change anytime soon.
“I think guys are just getting more comfortable offensively in their games,” Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “I think everyone is just expanding, with the centres shooting 3s. I think that just opens the floor up a lot more. A lot more shots are going up, a lot more freedom of movement. It makes it more of an exciting game.”
Despite a small sample size, being less than two weeks into the season, the NBA is putting up astronomical numbers on the offensive side of the ball – numbers that have not been seen for nearly 50 years. NBA teams are averaging 113.4-points per game, while averaging 91 field goals attempts per game. The League is already expected to see a spike in three-pointers shot and made this season.
Teams are reaching the 100-point plateau at an 88.2 percent clip. Stopping teams from reaching that mark is becoming near impossible with the pace of the NBA game continuously rising. Hell, the Golden State Warriors dropped 149-points on the Chicago Bulls just one night ago.
Of course, the Warriors are an elite offensive juggernaut, but that is not to say that other teams have not followed suit. The New Orleans Pelicans have posted 149 points in a game, the San Antonio Spurs have scored 143 against the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 142 points that night in their own right.
“The whole dynamic of the game has changed,” said Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, “The rules force you to play at a high speed. Tempo is getting pushed. So many 3s are being shot.”
The pace, the increase of three-pointers, the versatility of the players, it is all contributing to an insane boom in scoring in the NBA.
Offense is the name of the game and that ain’t changing anytime soon.