When the Houston Rockets acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers, many questions arose concerning how he will fit into head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.
Much of this has centered on Paul’s heavy dependency on his mid-range shot in his individual offensive game. This is something that the All-Star point guard and D’Antoni addressed during the introductory press conference on Friday afternoon.
On CP3 & HOU offense…
D'Antoni: “There are exceptions to the rule.. his midrange is the best in the league.”
CP3: “That’s my layup.” pic.twitter.com/KdlCU6st3S
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 14, 2017
It’s no secret that D’Antoni has operated his teams under the direction of a strong reliance on 3-point shooting to help spread the floor in the uptempo offense. In fact, it’s something that many teams around the league have emulated over the last several seasons, which resulted in severely decreasing the importance and usage of the mid-range game.
However, Paul has been one of the exceptions over the last few years as he has become one of the most efficient scorers from that area of the floor. According to NBA.com’s advanced statistics, the 32-year-old last season hit 50.4 percent of his pull up shots in the mid range in 61 games played.
There will be some adjusting from Paul’s game to include more 3-point shooting, but it doesn’t look like his use of the mid-range shot will be disappearing with the Rockets next season.