Options are everything when it comes to creating a good scoring option on offense, and spread options are a great place to start.
They are quick, simple, and provide the opportunity to make a lot more plays than their counterparts on offense.
They allow players to operate in the passing game with relative ease and can also help to open up the defense and give the offense more space to operate.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best spread options for offense on offense and defense.
The Three-Point Shooter, Stephen Curry One of the best ways to score points with Curry is through the three-point shot, and in a way, it’s his fault.
Curry is among the best at taking good shots in the paint, but he’s also one of the worst at making good ones, and the results are disastrous.
Curry’s three-pointer percentage is around 46.5 percent, and he’s shooting just 35.3 percent from beyond the arc in the past two seasons.
The biggest thing holding Curry back from being a legitimate three-Point shooting threat is his lack of perimeter game, which is why he’s rarely seen as a top option in the NBA.
He needs to develop some of his shooting ability, especially with more open shots, and with more space for him to operate, that means using his length to create scoring opportunities for himself.
Curry could also use a little more athleticism in the midrange, where he struggles to find open looks.
The Two-Point Shooter, Andre Drummond There are many ways to attack the rim, and while the two-point shooting option is a staple of many offenses, the way that Drummond uses his long arms and good handle to finish shots could be a better option for him.
The Warriors guard has made the transition to being a better shooter over the past three seasons, and that trend continues with Drummond, who has averaged 19.4 points per game this season.
His 3-point percentage is currently around 41.6 percent, which isn’t terrible for someone who only shoots 39.2 percent from three-pointers.
He also has an extremely efficient and reliable release off of his jump shot, which should help his offensive game as well.
The 3-Point C, Russell Westbrook As a rookie in the 2016-17 season, Russell is a solid option at both ends of the floor for the Thunder offense.
He has the size and strength to defend the rim and has a good handle for his size.
The big problem with Westbrook, however, is that he is not as efficient as he once was at shooting from the outside.
Westbrook shot a paltry 37.6 percentage from deep last season, and his shooting from three was just 27.5 points per contest.
While the Warriors offense could use some of the help, it would be hard to imagine the Thunder scoring 30 points a game with Westbrook at the point guard spot.
The Switch Shooter, Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry has been a pretty solid option on defense this season, but there’s a reason why he is only averaging 7.3 points per 100 possessions this season: he is a switch-happy player.
The Raptors forward is currently shooting just 30.1 percent from the field and only 7.1 points per possession on the defensive end.
He can be a threat from the perimeter, but his ability to shoot the ball from the three is just too limited for his liking.
With the Raptors needing to create more offense to go along with their defense, it makes sense to see Lowry develop his scoring abilities on offense as well as his perimeter game.
The Spot Up Shooter, Kevin Durant As the best option at point guard on offense for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant is among those that can score from anywhere on the floor, but the reason why Kevin Durant is such a great option for the defense is because he is able to do so much more with his feet.
Durant is one of only two players in the league to average 10.4 rebounds per game, but that isn’t all that is great about Durant’s game: he also shot just 27 percent from behind the arc, a number that is a bit concerning.
Durant needs to work on his shooting and improving his perimeter skills, and when he does, the Thunder could use a better rim protector on the backcourt.
The Mid-Range Shooter, Blake Griffin Blake Griffin’s offensive game has improved in recent years, but it remains one of his biggest weaknesses.
Griffin is averaging just 5.1 assists per game and just 2.6 turnovers per game on offense this season as he looks to regain his form after a rocky 2016-2017 campaign.
Griffin can be an effective finisher off of the dribble or a one-on-one defender, but even with those strengths, he is far from a reliable three-and-D option