In the modern NBA, 3-and-D wings are among the most coveted players in the league. If you possess those two core skills, you’ll always have a job in the league.
To be sure, it’s a vital role. Floor spacing and defense are arguably the two most important elements of NBA basketball. On the other hand, it’s a limited one. A pure 3-and-D wing doesn’t create offense for himself or his teammates: he simply shoots and defends.
With that said, not every 3-and-D wing is limited to that skill set. The 3-and-D wing plus can be an especially valuable player.
There is perhaps no better example than Harrison Barnes. He’s a good three-point shooter, and an adequate defender, but he can also create his own shot when necessary.
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By contrast, Jae Crowder is a purer 3-and-D. He’s got a lot of value for a squad, but if you’re looking to him to create offense, you’ve got the wrong guy.
Could these two wings find themselves involved in the same trade this offseason?