Pistons’ Griffin working on improving 3-point shot

During the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin attempted 322 3-pointers, the most he’s shot in his eight-year NBA career. Griffin hit 111 threes, good for 34.5 percent.

With the league trending to more small-ball lineups and teams drifting away from the conventional post up big man, Griffin is aware he has to be a better 3-point shooter this upcoming season and the five-time All-Star has been working on that aspect of his game this summer.

Griffin, however, isn’t focusing on more repetitions, but is trying to slow down his jump shot and shoot with more patience.

“The nice thing about being more of a driver is that you have more time to shoot the ball from three,” Griffin told James L. Edwards III of The Athletic. “It’s normally off of pick-and-pops, it’s normally off of drive, draw and kicks. It’s (about) not rushing my shot. And then, eventually, working off the dribble. Just working on all facets of it.”

Griffin was acquired by the Pistons at the February trade deadline from the Clippers. In 25 games with the Pistons, Griffin averaged 19.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three.

The Pistons were expected to make a playoff push in the Eastern Conference after trading for Griffin, but that never transpired. Injuries did play a role, as Griffin, center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson were only in the lineup together for a mere four games.

Griffin has been in the weight room more this offseason since he wasn’t in the playoffs and isn’t coming off an injury. Now that LeBron James is out West, the Pistons should contend for a playoff spot in what figures to be a wide open race in the East.

Griffin said in Las Vegas at summer league he’s excited about the arrival of new coach Dwane Casey and is ready to lead the franchise to the postseason for the first time since 2016.

“We’re excited,” Griffin said in Vegas. “Casey brings some new life and some new blood. Last year, we missed Reggie badly. When Ish [Smith] is starting, it takes away from him leading our second unit, so our team was just a little off. Detroit is a sports town. They love their sports and they support their teams through thick and thin. It’s been cool to see that love from the fans.”