It was a common occurrence in Spurs’ scrimmages as recently as three years ago.
Davis Bertans would get hot. Then he would get bored.
When that happened, Bertans would soon turn an open gym run into his own private H-O-R-S-E competition.
“Instead of just making a regular 3-pointer,” Spurs center Drew Eubanks recalled, “he’d try banking it in from the wing.”
Flash forward to now. Bertans is in his third season funning and gunning for the Washington Wizards, who were back in the AT&T Center on Monday. The Spurs, meanwhile, are struggling to find players to make 3-pointers the correct way.
For the second year in a row, the Spurs are the least-prolific 3-point shooting team in the NBA.
After making 9.9 3-pointers per game last season — and vowing to become more dangerous from beyond the arc this season — the Spurs are hitting 9.7 per game through the first 18 games.
They are attempting 28.7 3-pointers per game, also a league low, and were outscored by 162 points from 3-point range in the first 18 games.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 22: Davis Bertans #42 of the Washington Wizards celebrates after hitting a three pointer in overtime against the Indiana Pacers at Capital One Arena on October 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the…