Nets’ Timofey Mozgov adapting to taking 3-pointers: ‘If you don’t shoot, you don’t make’
In the last several seasons, the NBA has evolved around the league to the point where there is a huge point of emphasis surrounding the use of stretching the floor with outside that includes big men contributing in that aspect of the game.
“If you don’t shoot,” he said after a recent practice, “you don’t make.”
Mozgov has participated in a limited fashion knocking down 1-of-3 attempts through the first four games of the season. Through his first seven seasons, the 31-year-old has sparingly used the 3-point shot with the only exception coming in the 2013-14 campaign with the Denver Nuggets where he made 4-of-24 attempts.
The renewed interest in taking more outside shots more than likely has come from playing in an offensive system under head coach Kenny Atkinson that encourages 3-point shooting from practically every player on the floor. This has resulted in the Nets currently holding the league’s highest-scoring offense at 121.2 points that is third with 12.0 made 3-pointers per game.
Although Mozgov will likely see some usage of the 3-point shot in his game, this should bring more attention to the fact that the NBA has truly become a league centered on offense.