New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green says other members of the team need to step up their 3-point shooting (Trey Murphy III out to begin season after surgery for torn meniscus).
NBA.com: Three-point shooting is essential to your attack to open space inside for Zion [Williamson] when he’s available and center Jonas Valanciunas. But last season the Pelicans ranked 29th in 3-point attempts (30.1) and 23rd in makes (11.0). How can that get better, especially with [Trey] Murphy – your second-most prolific shooter from the arc – out at the start?
Green: Other guys have to step up in that department. We know C.J. [McCollum, who led New Orleans in volume, 211 of 543) is more than capable. Brandon [Ingram], historically, is a good 3-point shooter – he needs to take more. There will be more shots for Naji [Marshall], Herb [Jones] and Jose [Alvarado]. And then we drafted Jordan Hawkins from UConn, who is an elite shooter coming out of college. He may get some minutes when we need shooting on the floor.