Deep thoughts on the NBA's ever-growing love for the 3

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One of the best things about the full-time, full-speed return of the NBA is the deluge of glorious emails I'm starting to get from the relentless crew in the ESPN Stats & Info group's NBA wing.

Example: With the preseason coming to a close Friday night, my man Micah Adams just dispatched a gem to be shared immediately, which nicely captures the increasing willingness around the league with which teams are hoisting 3-pointers.

Through Wednesday's exhibition games, four teams were hoisting at least 30 3s per games in the preseason: the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

It was just last season, you'll recall, that the Rockets became the first team to average more than 30 3-point tries nightly.

‎A few more interesting trey-related tidbits from a l-o-n-g month waiting for the real thing to get going. ‎

• Teams league-wide are collectively averaging more 3-point attempts per game (24.9) this preseason than the Seven Seconds Or Less Suns did in 2004-05 (24.7).

• In Chicago, the Fred Hoiberg era -- judging by exhibition play -- is going to look a lot different than the Tom Thibodeau approach. The Bulls launched at least 35 3s in two of their first seven preseason games -- something they never managed once in 445 regular-season and playoff games under Thibs.

• Playing power forward certainly isn't restricting Paul George offensively in Indiana. He's taken more than six 3s per game in the preseason ... despite averaging fewer than 25 minutes per game.