Tobias Harris, Sixers recently discussed the lack of 3-point attempts

Tobias Harris, Sixers recently discussed the lack of 3-point attempts


The Philadelphia 76ers rely a lot on the play of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid for success on the offensive end of the floor, but for the duo to succeed, the team needs the 3-point shot to space the floor.

For the Sixers, they have some pretty good shooters on the roster, including Seth Curry, Danny Green and Tobias Harris. But as a team, they have not taken many attempts from deep. They averaged 21.8 such attempts on the road trip and it cost them in a way.

When it was announced that longtime head coach Doc Rivers was set to assume the same position with the Sixers, one of the many players thought to thrive in his system was Sixers’ forward Tobias Harris. 

Notably, Harris and Rivers were formerly acquainted from their stint together in LA as members of the Clippers organization. Not only that, Harris enjoyed arguably the best stretch of his career under Rivers. 

Maneuvering through an offense that complemented his strengths, Harris averaged 20+ PPG in both half-season stints with the Clippers. The efficiency-friendly system implemented by Rivers being a big reason why.  

They only took 23 shots from deep while Utah took 45 in Monday’s loss to the Jazz. They did not give themselves a chance to win the game with their shot selection despite getting a career-high 42 from Ben Simmons and Harris scoring 36.

“For us, more 3s is definitely a thing we’ll continue to try to look at, but I think we’ve still been efficient with the 2s that we’ve been making,” said Harris. “Simple math, a 3 is greater than 2, but it’s about the looks we’re getting from 3.”

The NBA season is a long and grueling one and there will be ups and downs so when it comes to 3-point attempts, there will be games where the number is high and games where they are low.12 against the Miami Heat when they took 55 and made 19 in a win. The most 3-point attempts the Sixers attempted came on Jan.

“Just ebbs and flows of the season, long season,” said coach Doc Rivers. “I think when our defense is really good, we tend to get more 3s, when our defense is average, we tend to get less 3s. A lot of our 3s come in transition off misses. I would say that’s probably the reason.”

At the end of the day, the Sixers want to get more attempts from deep. In order to do that, they will need to get more ball movement and get the shooters involved.

“We want to get open looks and good 3s over the course of a game,” Harris added. “I think that’s something that we definitely want to get more of at some point.”