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SCOUT'S Take
Ian Thomsen
November 24, 2003
On the NBA's offensive doldrums (at week's end teams were averaging 91.4 points, a drop of 3.7 per game from last season, and shooting 42.8%, a 1.4% decrease):
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November 24, 2003

Scout's Take

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On the NBA's offensive doldrums (at week's end teams were averaging 91.4 points, a drop of 3.7 per game from last season, and shooting 42.8%, a 1.4% decrease):

This has become a league of young athletes who don't know how to shoot or move without the ball. The zone defenses are effective because they force athletes to settle for jump shots, which they're not capable of making. It takes only a few extra defensive stops to make a noticeable difference in scoring. At least one of three things has to happen to get it back up: The league has to scrap this three-year experiment with zones—which isn't going to happen, because the NBA will never admit it was wrong—or we have to keep drafting Europeans who know how to shoot and move without the ball, or our high school and AAU coaches have to get back to teaching the fundamentals.

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