Competition committee explores 3-point rise
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK – The three-point shot is the hot shot in today’s NBA. Teams took more threes this season (49,068) than any other season, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made a league-record 272 threes this season.
Twelve teams took at least 20 three-pointers per game, including 28.9 per game by the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. NBA Commissioner David Stern noted that in 2000-01 not one team took more than 20 threes a game.
“It’s been a complete progression, and understandably based upon the proficiency of our players and the statistical result of being able to hit 3s at something approaching 35%,” Stern said.
Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver and owners spent time talking about the growing popularity of the three-pointer at this week’s Board of Governors meeting, which concluded Friday, and the competition committee will look at the long-range shot when it meets during the Finals in June.
“For better or worse, enjoy your own impression because we don’t have an impression but when our teams are hot, it’s a thing of beauty. And when they’re not, they can go 3 for 41,” Stern said.
Stern mentioned strategy and advanced statistics used by several teams.
“It’s also interesting to note the way certain teams are now defending the 3, giving up the mid-range shot and the statistical variances that come into play,” Stern said. “That’s relevant because many of our teams, and soon to be all, are so focused on analytics and the percentages that go with taking shots and various formations that we just think it’s interesting. It wasn’t a presentation for purposes of a result — just as an observation to let our teams know where the game is going.”
Stern said the competition committee will also look at other areas: use of instant replay, clear path to the basket fouls and ways to speed up the game.
While the sale of the Sacramento Kings to either a local group that will keep the team in Sacramento or to a group that will relocate the team to Seattle dominated the owners’ meeting, the league tackled several other issues.