The Bulls general reluctance to shoot threes is admirable, but mistaken. Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Open letter to the Chicago Bulls: Shoot more threes, please!

So, we’re about two weeks into the season. Five games isn’t an ideal sample size, obviously, but it’s enough to start identifying trends. And one slightly unsettling trend is the lack of three point attempts we’ve seen from the Chicago Bulls so far.

Now, granted, the Bulls haven’t exactly shot well from three this season. As a team they’ve shot 26.6 percent from long range through five games. But the number that I’m much more interested in is 15.8. That’s how many threes per game the Bulls attempt, and that number is far too low. (For reference, that number places the Bulls 27th in the NBA in 3PAs per game.)

Now, it may seem contradictory to call for more three point attempts while the team is shooting so poorly, but here’s the problem: The Bulls aren’t passing up threes to take layups, they’re passing up threes to take long twos. And that’s not good. There have been plenty of times where a Bulls player catches the ball on the perimeter and declines to shoot an open three for no apparent reason. That has to stop.

One of the reasons Derrick Rose has struggled — one of many — is that the Bulls haven’t spaced the floor very well. Yes, some of that comes from guys missing shots, but if you shoot a bunch of threes, you will eventually make some of them and the defense will start challenging you. If you’re not even going to shoot from out there, what incentive does the defense have to leave the paint?

So please, even if you miss some of them, come out agains the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and shoot some threes. You’ll thank me for this later.

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