The Rockets popularized the strategy of emphasizing shots at the rim and 3-pointers to the point it’s called Moreyball, named for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
It’ll be an adjustment for Carmelo Anthony, who has made a living as a mid-range scorer.
In his Houston preseason debut, Anthony made a long 2 then turned to the Rockets bench and said, “My bad.”
I can’t speak for Morey or Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t look like a terrible shot. His defender sold out hard to stop the 3-pointer – potentially knowing how much Houston likes the 3 – and that allowed Anthony to step in for an open jumper. The goal should be getting 3s and shots at the rim, but defenses know that. Sometimes, that opens the mid-range as a more valuable shot location.
Anthony’s attempt might have been a little too deep to be worthwhile, but it’s at least debatable. This wasn’t Anthony working for a 2-point jumper, as he has done many types before.