The Utah Jazz have said that they want to take (and make!) more 3-pointers this season, and in the first full month of the campaign, all they did was set a new NBA record in the statistic.
The Jazz made 20 triples in their loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, giving them 285 for the month of January, the most a team has ever made in a calendar month. Despite the big uptick in 3-point attempts around the league in recent seasons, Utah topped the previous record of 279 makes that the Houston Rockets set in December of 2016.
After Sunday’s games, the Jazz are averaging exactly 17 makes from distance per game, the best mark in the NBA by more than one (the Portland Trail Blazers are second at 15.9). Utah is also now first in the league in 3-point attempts per contest at 42.5, just ahead of the Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors’ 42.4 mark.
Despite taking so many 3s, the Jazz are third in percentage on the season at 39.9, behind the L.A. Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, backing up head coach Quin Snyder’s thoughts that if you can make them, you might as well take them.
Donovan Mitchell leads Utah with an average of 3.4 makes from distance per game, which is eighth in the NBA. His 8.6 attempts per contest is sixth in the league. In all, the Jazz have five players in the top 50 in 3-point makes per game (Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles). Only Ingles is not in the top 50 in attempts per outing among that group.
Royce O’Neale is eighth in the league in 3-point percentage, as he’s shooting a 46.8 clip on exactly four attempts per game. Ingles is 14th in percentage at 45.2 on 5.3 attempts per contest.