Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  17 responses

Stan Van Gundy: Orlando Will Keep Shooting a Ton of Threes

Based on SVG’s calculations, and the roster he has in Orlando, the Magic head coach says it only makes sense for his team to keep launching from beyond the three-point line. The Sentinel reports: “The most common criticism of the Orlando Magic — especially when they’re losing — is that they shoot too many three-pointers and don’t drive the ball enough. It’s an accurate observation; the Magic shot more three-pointers than any other NBA team this season. But is it a fair insult? Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t think so. ‘We think it helps our center and we think it helps our point guard in penetrating if we can spread the floor out,’ Van Gundy said at the Coaching U Live event at UCF on Thursday. ‘The numbers think that’s a better shot than the mid-range. And the other reason is, that’s who we have.’ Van Gundy went on to say, in general terms, that the Magic haven’t possessed perimeter players adept at penetrating and scoring at the rim. More than 80 percent of the shots taken by Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu are classified as jump-shots. ‘Especially from an offensive standpoint, this is a personnel driven league,’ Van Gundy continued. ‘You do with what you have. We get it from our media all the time and our fans. We’ll have those nights, 2-for-23 from three. They say you gotta drive the ball more. Who? Who? That’s my question. Who? Who’s going to drive the ball? That’s not who we have. If I had a different team, there are a lot of guys in the league that I wouldn’t shoot threes with. We have who we have and we’re going to build our system around it.’”

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  • marc

    Dwight is leaving. lol

  • Darren

    “And we will still keep complaining about a perceived lack of disrespect.”

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    this rhymes pretty good:
    “We will keep shooting a ton of threes, and then Dwight will leave…”

  • ogog

    shoot a ton of threes….make very few

  • Riggs

    what an idiot, see you in LA dwight.

  • LP

    STAN VAN GUNDY: “Orlando will Keep losing.”

  • jarrett

    SVG, u will lose your job!

  • T-Money

    that’s not entirely accurate – it’s who you have but it’s also who you acquired. svg plays 4 out – 1 in and asks for players that fit that model. that’s why ryan anderson at times was playing in front of bass even though bass is the better player.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I doubt SVG will last the whole season.

  • kbj

    the basketball gods say…”You live by 3 , u shall die by 3″

  • robb

    No. 12 in yellow. Thanks Van Gundy!

  • bike

    Van Gundy: ‘The beatings will continue until morale improves’.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Let Gilbert Arenas play heavy minutes for the first couple weeks, see if he has it in him to become a scorer again. it won’t hurt anything, y’all gonna be a 4 or 5 seed regardless.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Makes sense to me. But unless you get Dallas Mavericks “HOT” in the playoffs you probably aren’t going to win. Guys get out on 3 point shooters during the playoffs way harder than the regular season. It just doesn’t bode well for playoff success, unfortunately, because shooting a ton of 3′s is one of my favorite styles of ball but, it just doesn’t work in the playoffs in the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agree with NBK. Gilbert did earn his contract. He was a close to 30ppg scorer. Let him see if he has anything left in the tank as a former superstar it’s worth it to see if he can play well with the ball in his hands. Is he better than Nelson now? I don’t know, but he was way better than him a couple years ago. See if he can help you. At worst you restore his confidence and he plays better off the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Their main issue is their perimeter D is soft.

  • misso

    The 3 game does work. Ask the heat. If u don’t believe it, do your homework before u speak & look up the numbers in the finals that just past and you will see how its done