The Boston Celtics' decision to draft Marcus Smart and then re-sign Avery Bradley hindered them in an important aspect of modern professional basketball.
Boston's outside shooting is almost non-existent in the backcourt. Heading into this season, the predicted main minute-getters shoot some ghastly outside percentages.
Bradley bucked the trend a bit last year, hitting on 39.5 percent of his 3.3 attempts per game and finding some solace in the corner, per NBA.com. However, if teams start realizing that, it is a shot they can take away. Rajon Rondo put up a career-high 90 threes in just 30 games last season, hitting only 26 of them, and he is a career 25.2 percent shooter from that range.
Smart, Boston's No. 7 overall pick, shot just 29.5 percent over two seasons from the collegiate three-point line.
Phil Pressey's rookie season saw him hit just 26.4 percent of 106 long-range attempts.
New addition Evan Turner isn't really big on even attempting the shot, mostly because it isn't in his repertoire. Turner is a career 32.6 percent three-point shooter, averaging 1.3 attempts per game.
Marcus Thornton (36.1 percent on 4.6 attempts) has actually been a decent threat over the course of his career, along with Jeff Green, who hit on 34.1 percent of his 4.8 attempts per game last season. This isn't nearly enough, though.
Without the threat of outside shooting from the majority of Boston's backcourt, the bigs won't stand much of a chance inside. The Celtics have a slew of young and inexperienced interior players who need space to operate efficiently. With little-to-no perimeter shooting, defenses will collapse before Boston's frontcourt has a chance to set up in the paint.