Dwight Howard Looking at Adding Three-Point Shot
What a time to be alive!
Dwight Howard is beginning to add some range to his already vast offensive arsenal. By range, I don’t mean working on improving his career 57% free throw percentage – no – Howard is working on his three-point stroke.
Why work on the shot that gets you one point, when you can perfect the shot that gets you three, right?
“I’ve been working on my threes, really trying to add some range to my game,” said Howard on ESPN’s ‘The Jump’. “Which is going to be weird for people to see, I guess. They are used to seeing me in the paint battling. But in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game. The game is not just back to the basket, get the ball in the post and go to work.
“It’s more stepping away from the basket, setting screens, popping, shooting threes and stuff like that. People haven’t seen me do that. It’s going to be an adjustment for me, but also the fans. I think it’s going to be fun.”
The 31-year old center attempted only two three-pointers last year, making none of them, but Howard is 5-for-56 lifetime from beyond the arc – a mark very similar to the success he finds at the charity stripe.
“The way the game has evolved,” Howard continued. “It’s really tough for traditional centres to get great playing time and be effective. So, we do have to change our game. For us to stay in this league and be successful, we’ve got to be able to handle the basketball. We’ve got to be able to shoot the ball. Be able to play pick-and-roll against some of these guards.”
With floor spacing growing so vital in today’s NBA, you cannot blame Howard for trying to prolong his career. Big man who can only operate under the basket have become lane-cloggers and obviously, Howard doesn’t want to clog the paint with his 265-pound frame much longer.
Chicks dig the long ball, and Howard clearly understands that three-pointers are far cooler than uncontested free throws.