Over his eight-year NBA career, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose has made just 363 of his 1,218 three-point shot attempts. That 29.8 percent mark certainly isn’t flattering.
Last season, he shot a career-worst 21.7 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down just 13-of-60 three-pointers. It’s notable that he played in 64 games last season. The previous year, he attempted 150 threes in 66 games.
Therefore, it appears as though he completely lost confidence in his long-range shooting ability with the Knicks.
But, this is a new year and he’s in a much different situation, joining LeBron James, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and the Cavs. As a result, he indicated that his stroke is looking solid right now.
"My 3-ball is looking nice right now. I'm just telling you. My 3-ball is looking nice right now," Rose told reporters on Tuesday, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. "Whatever the game tell me to do, that's what I'm going to do. If they want me to sit in the corner, sit somewhere and just sit up and shoot. If that's what they want me to do, that's what I'm going to do. If they want me to attack and penetrate like I normally do, that's fine. I'm just trying to make the game not only easy for myself but easy for the team.”
Since Cleveland has a lot of offensive firepower, Rose could presumably find himself with wide-open looks from the perimeter. Since teams often times collapse on him and try to cut off his lane to the basket, if he was able to fine-tune his shot this summer, it could add another weapon to his arsenal.
At the end of last season, Rose was apparently so lost when it came to his form that he completely stopped shooting threes.
"The shot is something Rose has been tweaking for some time — Jeff Hornacek said the two worked on it over the summer — but the point guard said he still isn’t comfortable using it regularly in in-game situations,” Laura Albanese of Newsday reported. “Rose’s strength lies in his explosiveness while driving to the basket, and he’s more or less been happy to live there for the last few years of his career.”
Over his final 21 games played last season, he went a combined 0-for-8 from three and made 2-of-16 shots from deep after January 1.
While the Cavs won’t rely on him to regularly knock down shots from beyond the arc, some improvement would certainly be a positive.