Either Thibodeau reads my blog or great minds think a like (or we're both morons), but I suggested that if I coached the Bulls I'd fine Luol Deng for every jumper he takes within 2 feet of the three point line.
Apparently, Thibodeau agrees.
Thibodeau has even green-lighted Luol Deng to take corner 3-pointers
that he has developed accuracy on, even stopping a recent practice
because Deng had launched a long jumper from just inside the arc.
My Hero! I don't think Luol Deng should entirely give up the mid range game, but he does need to give up the 21 foot jumper. The worst shot in basketball is that jumper from about 20 feet to the three point line, it's only marginally easier than a three, but it gives you only 66% of the points.
Deng probably hits that shot around 40% of the time, he probably knocks down the three 35% of the time instead. Track that in points over 100 shots, and you have 80 points for the long twos and 105 points for the threes.
Missed long jumpers tend to lead to long rebounds and transition opportunities for the opponent, so there are certainly times where you'll take lower efficiency on shots that score more consistently, give you better rebounding opportunities on a miss, and limit the opponents chance to get out in transition.
That said, the long mid range jumper doesn't offer nearly enough improvement in consistency to negate it's lack of points per possession.
The Bulls have a lot of mid range shooters, and those guys need to knock down mid range shots, but the vast majority of the time that shot should come from 20 feet and in while the jumper between 20-23 should remain largely out of the offense and replaced with a three pointer.
The fact that Thibodeau recognizes this isn't surprising, but the fact that he's enforcing this so rigidly gives me the warm cozy feeling, because I don't think Deng would change otherwise.