The Spurs have shunned the biggest trends in the NBA, and now they're the hottest team in the league - Business Insider Business Insider - Fri 11 Jan 19:13 GMT
The Spurs own the best record in the NBA since December 6, all while playing a brand of basketball that runs counter to modern teams.
The Spurs offense runs counter to many of the trends in the NBA — they attempt the fewest three-pointers and the most midrange shots, play slowly, and are led by two three-point-averse stars in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan.
At a time when teams are eschewing shots from midrange, the Spurs are taking nearly three more attempts per game than the second-place team (the Golden State Warriors, interestingly).
For the season, the Spurs are 26th in shots attempted per game from less than 5 feet (at or near the rim), though they take advantage when they're there, making 63% of their attempts, seventh in the league.
No team takes fewer three-point attempts per game.
#GoSpursGo shot chart looked like something straight out of '90s basketball:
Aldridge's co-pilot is DeRozan, who leads the NBA in midrange shot attempts per game and is down to 17.5% from three this season.