Basketball teams need shooters, but basketball coaches often correct this with, “We don’t need shooters. We need makers.” That is, a team needs accurate shooters.
“Some people say you need shooters. You need makers,” Southern Illinois University basketball coach Chris Lowery said in December 2007. ““We had enough shooters, we didn’t have enough makers,” New York Knicks basketball coach Mike D’Antoni said in December 2008. D’Antoni is credited with popularizing the saying.
Wikipedia: Mike D’Antoni
Michael Andrew “Mike” D’Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an Italian-American professional basketball head coach who was formerly a professional basketball player. He last coached the Los Angeles Lakers until resigning after the 2013–14 season. While head coach of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 41 more wins than the previous season. He coached the New York Knicks starting in 2008 before resigning in 2012. He was hired by the Lakers after seven games into the 2012–13 season. D’Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, is known for favoring a fast-paced, offense-oriented system.
Men’s basketball looks to slow tempo
By Sean Mcgahan Daily Egyptian
December 7, 2007
Carbondale, IL (CSTV U-WIRE)—Though Matt Shaw has never been to Charlotte, N.C., the senior forward expects to feel the comforts of home Saturday.
“Some people say you need shooters. You need makers,” (Southern Illinois University basketball coach Chris—ed.) Lowery said. “Those are the most important guys - guys that can make wide-open shots and can make people pay. That’s what we’ve been talking about this week is making people pay for really putting themselves at a disadvantage.”
New York (NY) Post
WALSH WANTS STEPH SITDOWN AS EXIT LOOMS
By Marc Berman November 2, 2008 | 8:13am
Knicks president Donnie Walsh publically jumped into the fray yesterday to try to resolve the Stephon Marbury saga.
Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni left the practice court together to discuss Marbury’s future.
“We had enough shooters, we didn’t have enough makers,” D’Antoni said.
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“Coach has been getting on me saying I need to make shots,” Gilling said. “He has a term we don’t need shooters we need makers so I felt I needed to step up and provide for the team.”
@patmuldowney As JVG just said, Orlando doesn’t need shooters, they need makers.
9:11 PM - 7 Jun 2009
As D’Antoni said last season, “I don’t need shooters, I need makers.”
7:07 PM - 9 Oct 2009
Los Angeles (CA) Times
NBA COAST TO COAST
November 01, 2009 | Mark Heisler
Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni says he’ll no longer take questions on 2010 free-agent prospects—with their two-maximum-slot scenario whittled to a 1 3/4 -slot scenario, obliging them to stand pat on last season’s 32-win team. . . . Said D’Antoni after they shot 38% in their opening loss in Miami: “I don’t need shooters. I need makers.”
Turns out, Steph Curry, ‘best shot-maker ever,’ also has a mean streak
November 4, 2015 8:51 am ET
There’s an old saying popularized by the coach who revolutionized offensive basketball in the NBA that aptly describes how Stephen Curry is terrorizing an entire sport.
During those rare times when one of his teams was struggling to put the ball in the basket, Mike D’Antoni would find himself fielding questions about whether he needed more shooters. With his sharp wit and West Virginia twang, D’Antoni would always quip, “I don’t need shooters. I need makers.”