Before the season began, all the experts predicted the Chicago Bulls would have trouble spreading the floor and hitting 3-pointers. The team’s two new guards, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, haven’t been very good shooters in their careers or are considered to be over the hill.
However, through three games of the Rondo-Wade era, the Bulls are proving their doubters wrong.
Chicago made 11 3-pointers Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, increasing their total amount of three-pointers made in the first three games to 31. That’s new a franchise record.
Yep, this team, the one nobody thought could hit any deep shots with consistency, has been better than any of Michael Jordan’s Bulls teams at hitting three-pointers through the first three games of a season.
And it’s not like Chicago set the mark by just chucking up three-pointers on every possession. The Bulls are shooting 42.5 percent from the three-point line as a team through three games; that’s the third-best mark in the NBA behind only the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
Everyone is contributing, but Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Isaiah Canaan are all averaging 2.0 3-pointers per game. Butler is shooting an incredible 54.5 percent from the 3-point line.
Of course, that’s not even the best percentage on the team. Wade is averaging 1.7 3-pointers per night and hitting them at a 55.6 percent clip. Canaan and Doug McDermott are also making at least half of the shots they are taking from behind the arc.
It will be interesting to see whether the Bulls can continue this pace, but they are certainly off to a better shooting start than anyone could have imagined.