DeMar DeRozan offered a blunt assessment and behind-the-scenes peek into his mindset when asked about his relative lack of 3-point shooting at his season-ending interview in April.
His response might make some Chicago Bulls fans cringe. Still, it was a significant counterargument that speaks to the challenge of converting DeRozan into a consistent long-distance shooter. When you’ve lasted 14 NBA seasons, six of which you were named an All-Star performer, it’s understandable to view your game as satisfactory.
“I don’t have to do nothing,” DeRozan said. “Thirty-(eight) people scored more points than me in NBA history.”
He continued, somewhat soothing any concern and consternation his initial statement might have caused.
“I’m not sitting up here saying I don’t need to shoot 3s,” he added. “But with that, I don’t make it feel like I’ve got to go out every single night and shoot 10 3s. I don’t feel that way. I still try to stay within the confines of being great at what I’m great at. When it’s 3s there, I take them. It’s not like I don’t take them.”
With the Bulls two weeks away from the start of training camp, and the team returning much of last season’s roster, it’s incumbent upon DeRozan to alter his style for this year’s results to be different than last year’s.
Chicago finished last in average 3-point attempts at 28.9, the lone franchise that failed to crack 30 attempts per game.
DeRozan, the team’s second-leading scorer at 24.5 points per game last season, averaged only 1.9 3-point attempts. Over his first two seasons in Chicago, DeRozan has totaled 284 3-pointers, launching 142 in each season.
But the 34-year-old DeRozan insists he’ll let them fly more next season.
“Next year it’ll be more frequent 3s from me without a doubt,” DeRozan said. “Just because I’ve always had this vision in my career as I got older, I want to be able to just continue to expand my game. And that’s a main priority and a point of focus for me to just capitalize on as I get older.”
After the Bulls failed to make the playoffs, DeRozan acknowledged the need for changes.
“You’ve definitely got to fix something, tweak something,” he said. “To what extent, I’m not sure. That’s why I would never work in the front office. But I think, for the most part, it’s just figuring out what dynamics, the fit, whatever it is that we need to take that next step.”
Not only did the Bulls take the fewest 3s per game last season. They also allowed the second-most attempts at 37.1 per game. It was a season-long recipe for disaster.
“I think we need to take more 3s,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said following a late March road loss to the LA Clippers. “That’s the way the game’s going. I think…
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