Summer League Blazers fitting Olshey’s new offensive plan for 2018-2019

By Nate Mann

Neil Olshey wants the Blazers to focus on three-point shooting more this season. How have the roster players participating in Summer League shot from outside?

In the press conference introducing Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry, most questions were for Neil Olshey. Besides asking about the Lillard-to-LA rumors, reporters pushed Olshey for answers about the Ed Davis departure.

The GM cited a need for better outside shooting as reason for letting Davis sign with the Brooklyn Nets. After the New Orleans Pelicans’ defensive plan shut Portland’s offense down, Olshey decided to add three-point aficionados.

Summer League play has been a test run for the new style of offense. In the three preliminary games, the Blazers have attempted 58 three-pointers. They’ve made 28 of those, shooting at a 48.3% clip.

How have the players on Portland’s regular season roster participating in Summer League action shot from three specifically?

The Blazers drafted Anfernee Simons based on his offensive promise. He’s a crafty shot creator who can score from anywhere on the court, especially from beyond the arc.

In three Summer League games, Simons averages 10.3 points and 1 three-pointer in 20.3 minutes. He shot 42.9% field goal and 33.3% from...

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