As the game as evolved, so has its big men.
Al Horford has been one player, originally known for his back-to-the-basket game, that is now proving his valuable more so by being a threat to shoot from the outside.
The Celtics center is hitting a modest 33.3 percent this season while increasing his attempts month by month. In December, he hoisted 4.7 triples a game and in January is already taking 6.3 a night.
The mixed results may have some questioning his tendency to shoot so many, but not head coach Brad Stevens.
#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: I don't think I've ever said 'No' when it comes to Al Horford shooting 3s. That's how I give him confidence.
— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) January 7, 2017
That’s a lot of confidence to have in a big man shooting threes. But it also shows the knowledge Stevens has that those types of shots are efficient, even if it challenges the way the sport used to be played.
Horford began this season injured and has come around now with his new team. If he can get back to a near All-Star level, he may prove to be one of the biggest additions this offseason and help the Celtics really challenge in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs.