Analyzing Alabama's 3-point shooting under Johnson and how it compares to Grant's teams

Throughout the season, coach Avery Johnson encouraged his team to play faster and take the great shots when they present themselves. For Johnson, those shots often occur behind the arc, and in most games it seems like his team has bought in, but what do the numbers say?

Through 28 games, Alabama has attempted 638 3-pointers. In former coach, Anthony Grant’s six seasons at Alabama his team attempted more than 600 3-pointers only once, in the 2014-15 campaign when his team shot 221-697 in 34 games.

Johnson’s team might not attempt that many 3-pointers this season, but it’s averaging 22.79 attempted shots behind the arc which would have the team cross the 700-attempt threshold in four games.

Alabama isn’t just shooting 3-pointers for the heck of it. The team is shooting 33.4 percent behind the arc this season, and with 213 3-pointers already made the team is on pace to add 30 more over the next four games. 

Seasons                3's made                 3's attempted              3-point percentage    
2015-16
(Johnson)
21363833.4
2009-15
(Grant)
1064331332.1
2014-15
22169731.7
2013-14
18354833.4
2012-13
19758833.5
2011-12
13647028.9
2010-11
15251029.8
2009-10
17550035

Alabama’s lead 3-point shooter, Arthur Edwards has currently made 58 shots behind the arc. In Grant’s six seasons, three players finished with more made 3-pointers than Edwards. If Edwards stays on pace (2.07 per game) then he will finish pass of one of the guys ahead of him assuming Alabama only plays the four remaining games the Crimson Tide is guaranteed. Unless Edwards exceeds his average, he will need Alabama to play in an additional three games in the SEC Tournament and either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT depending on where Alabama lands in the postseason.

Season
(games)      
      
No. 1 3-point      
shooter                
No. 2 3-point
shooter                
No. 3 3-point
shooter
2015-16
(28)
.
583938
2014-15
(34)
.
493929
2013-14
(32)
.
723331
2012-13
(36)
.
624840
2011-12
(33)
.
312321
2010-11
(37)
.
713119
2009-10
(32)
544139

Curiously enough the increased emphasis has not translated into an overall uptick in points for Alabama. The likely explanation likely lies in the team’s tough nonconference schedule, but Johnson probably wouldn’t be comfortable hiding behind that excuse. He’d probably blame the fact that his team isn’t on pace to attempt 1,000.

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