With the 2014-15 NBA season getting started last night, teams that are looking to challenge or overtake the defending champion San Antonio Spurs would do well to take a look back at the Spurs title run last season and copy that blueprint.
One element that teams will want to replicate is the Spurs shooting. The Spurs were the only team last season to finish in the Top Five in two-point shooting percentage, three-point-shooting percentage, and free throw shooting percentage. In fact, only one other NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, finished in the Top Five in two of those categories (5th in two-point shooting and second in free throw shooting).
So, is accuracy in all three aspects of the shooting game that important in the NBA? The answer, at least from last year’s stats, is a resounding “Yes!”
Let’s take a look at some numbers to make the point. Based on year-end shooting percentages for each of the 30 NBA teams, we can see that teams that have better shooting percentages had higher winning percentages for the season… and it played out the same way for each of the three shooting stats. For example: