So, this is what the Chicago Bulls meant by Hoiball.
In the team’s first preseason game on Tuesday night, which ended in a 113-109 Bulls victory against the New Orleans Pelicans, Hoiberg’s crew chucked up 35 3-point field goals, sinking 16 of them (45.7 percent). Twenty three of these 3-point attempts came in the first half. To put this in perspective, consider that the Bulls averaged below that (22.3) for an entire game last season, which was 29th most in the NBA.
Here’s Hoiberg’s comments on the Bulls new-look offense per The Athletic writer Stephen Noh.
If you move it into the paint and get into the teeth of the defense and make the right play, then absolutely, I thought we turned a few [3-pointers] down to be honest with you.
If we can get into the paint and create those open 3s, were going to take them. We want to try to get to the rim, get to the restricted area, and shoot uncontested 3s. I thought for the most part we did a solid job.
The Chicago Bulls offense has finally modernized, for better or worse:
The Bulls taking a lot of 3s is "Hoiball", but its more of an indicator for this team specifically, that they can do nothing else on offense— Mark (@mkarantzoulis) October 4, 2017
For one preseason game at least, Mark’s premise holds true. The Bulls shot only 13 free throws, recorded two fast-break points (wasn’t that an important element of Hoiball?), and were outscored in the paint by 16 points. It’s a staple of recent teams like the tanking Sixers or last year’s Nets to play fast and shoot a ton of threes (and lose).
Some individual notes on the 3-point barrage:
Point Guard 3-Point Party
Jerian Grant and Kris Dunn combined to shoot 3-for-4 from 3-point land last night.
Dunn hitting a 3 over a screen. This would be a huge development for his game pic.twitter.com/nm6KlQVHs6— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) October 4, 2017
For one night, the Bulls had competent shooting from the point guard position. Read more about the point guard battle here.
New year, same Valentine.
All but one of his shot attempts in this game came from behind the 3-point line. The one shot that didn’t was ugly.
This kinda thing bothers me. Running hooks are really tough, he's gotta attack and go up stronger or draw Boogie and lay it off pic.twitter.com/W0pgAAUcWk— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) October 4, 2017
To his credit, Valentine did shoot really well last night, going 4-for-7 (57.1 percent) from 3-point land. Obviously, he’s not going to continue to shoot at that clip for the entire regular season, but if he can improve upon his 35.1 percent 3-point percentage from last year he should continue to get playing time.
Mirotic’s Shot Chart Is Still Ugly
For the love of God Niko, take a few steps in when you take a three.
Appropriately, the shot that iced the game away for the Bulls was a Jarell Eddie 3-pointer on a broken play.
By the way, Ryan Arcidiacono received zero credit for the assist. That seems wrong.