Stat #3-5: Measuring Marksmanship
3. Three-pointers made, NBA rank: 1st
The James Harden-era Rockets’ bread and butter is the three-pointer. This season proves no exception. The Rockets lead the NBA with 15.8 made three-point attempts per game. The new-look Spurs come in dead last, averaging just over nine-made three-pointers per game. And individually, James Harden leads the NBA, averaging five-made three-pointers per contest.
4. Three-pointer shot efficiency, NBA rank: 23rd
It’s not a matter of just shooting three-pointers, but making them with efficiency. So how do the Rockets stack up this season? Well—when it comes to made three-pointer percentage—the Rockets currently rank 23rd, averaging slightly more than one make for every three shots attempted.
Leading the league, the Utah Jazz feature a made three-point field goal percentage of 38.6, good for more than a four percent increase in efficiency from beyond the arc than the Rockets. Perhaps the days of early playoff exits for the Jazz may be coming to an abrupt end.
5. Field goal percentage, NBA rank: 21st
The Rockets have their work cut out for them to shoot the three-ball with better efficiency. But, how does Houston’s field goal percentage stack up against the rest of the NBA concerning all attempted shots?
Similar to the Rockets’ 23rd place ranking in three-pointer efficiency, the Rockets rank 21st in overall field goal percentage. The Rockets have made 44.9 percent of their shots.
Interestingly, the only two teams to feature a field goal percentage of 48 percent or better—the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers—are also the only two teams with five losses or fewer one-third of the way through the regular season.