WWhen the shot went up, so did the voice of legendary ABC anchor, Mike Breen. “Carrie! Downtown Road!” lively!” It all happened so fast. It was a regular game of the season in Oklahoma City on February 27, 2016. The Golden State Warriors were on a magical run that would see them break the record for winning in a single season, going 73-9 before the playoffs. That year, Stephen Curry was named Player of the Year for second straight, unanimous. He achieved this feat because he turned the Three Pointers into a weapon unparalleled in history.
The winner of the game against the Thunder on that February night marked the beginning of a new chapter in the NBA. Not only did it bring another victory to the Warriors, but it boosted the Triple Pointer as a game favor in the NBA. A season later, after Thunder player Kevin Durant defected from the team and joined Golden State, he achieved unprecedented success, Three pointers to LeBron James For everyone except the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant later told GQ“It was the best moment I’ve ever had.” The modern game was unfolding before our eyes.
But how exactly did we get here?
Basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts on an otherwise dreary day in December 1891. Since then, and for most of basketball history, the game has been dominated by big men, these 7-foot-tall giants who, by size, are closer to a 10-foot edge, and is therefore more capable of scoring with relative ease. From George McCann in the ’40s, to Wilt Chamberlain in the ’60s, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’70s, Moses Malone in the ’80s, Shaquille O’Neal in the ’90s, and beyond, big men have largely ruled the roost. But now, thanks to players like 6-foot-2-inch Curry, the focus of the game has shifted away from the hoop toward the three-point arc.
The history of the three-point shot is a seemingly continuous development, from its beginning in the NBA in 1961 to its adoption in the NBA in 1967 and later in the NBA in 1979 after the league and ABA merger in 1976. Since then, it’s been spotlighted sometimes, sometimes ignored, moved on, out, mastered, and some abused. And with the likes of Carrie, who is now All-time leader in three pointsa shot can be so devastating that it feels worthy in some way more Even from three points.
“I used to do it even in my high school days,” the former NBA sharpshooter in the 1990s Terry Mills The Guardian says. “But the thing was [back then]the big guys at 6 feet 9 inches or 6 feet 10 inches, you weren’t really allowed to shoot the ball there, just as you weren’t allowed to dribble the ball.”
However, the 6-foot-10-inch Mills, who played for five teams in the NBA Over the course of 11 years, he later became so adept at shooting from a distance that he earned the nickname “Three Mills”. He boasts a career average of 38.4% from behind the arc, sinking 533 three-pointers. Mills began his college career at the University of Michigan, where today he works as a radio announcer for the men’s basketball team. There, however, he says he didn’t make a single pointer out of three (he thinks it went 0-4). Shooting from a distance wasn’t something a big guy like Mills should do, and it wasn’t part of his art collection.
But when he played for the Detroit Pistons in the mid-’90s, things started to change. His coach, Doug Collins, came to Detroit in 1995 and encouraged Mills, who had already been testing his skills from long distances in previous seasons, to keep shooting. Suddenly Mills, who played force forward, began to help define the concept of “stretch forward,” i.e. a large player who can “stretch” the floor and create space on it given their power from a distance (in modern times, think Dirk Nowitzki or Karl-Anthony Towns ).
“When I first got to the Pistons, I was basically a post-game player,” he says. “When Doug Collins came in, he realized I could shoot a basketball, and he said I could be a specialist. Of course, I didn’t buy it at first. But it became my niche. .I was a believer.”
In the 1980s, the average number of times teams earned three points per game was on average. Bird, who has 37.6% of his career from distance, has long been considered the best killer of all time. But throughout his 13 years in the NBA, he averaged less than two points out of three Efforts for each game. In 2016, Curry averaged 11.2 attempts per game and two years ago it was 12.7. Like running home in baseball and passing in soccer, there was a dearth of three-pointers in the early years of the game.
But with the advent of the 1986 NBA All-Star Game, the shot got even cooler and more respectful. Bird, of course, won an award Competition In the first three years. Dead shooters quickly became popular heroes. From Baird to Miller to Mark Price and Dale’s father, to lesser-known players such as Craig Hodges, Dale Ellis, Tim Legler and Steve Kerr, Curry’s current coach, who holds the all-time record with three points. percentage At 45.4%, NBA fans love long-distance shooters.
“I trained for it,” says Mills, who competed in the three-point competition in 1997, losing to Walt Williams of the Sacramento Kings head-to-head. “But it was something completely different. I would consider myself more of an in-game type of three-point shooter than standing in front of a crowd and shooting.”
In games, Mills was lethal, often running “catch and roll”, in which the ball player takes advantage of a screen set up by a teammate that forces defenders to make a decision in a split second. With the Pistons, the All-Stars Grant Hill would have the ball and Mills would block him, appearing behind the arc, thus giving Hill space to either drive to the hoop or pass it back to Mills for a deep shot. As a big man, Mills’ defenders would regularly run to defend, training with the thought that they would meet him under the edge. But in his new role as an extension forward, they lost track of the arc, where he was open three times. To prepare for this role, he was going to take 500 shots a day after, after Exercise. Later, while playing for the Miami Heat, Mills participated in shooting competitions with her teammates as Dan Magerl, another dead, and would occasionally bet over dinner.
At the heart of Mills’ career, the National Basketball Association decided to move the three-point streak, likely to increase scoring in a league that was set by struggling teams. Like the New York Knicks. Certain players, such as Mills and Scott Dennis “3D” of the Orlando Magic, have thrived alongside Miller. In the three years, the NBA’s three-point streak went from 23 feet 9 inches to 22 feet—from 1994-95 to 1996-1997—Mills fired 40.4% in nearly four attempts per game.
“You still have the same principles of trying to extend the floor even though they moved the line,” Mills says, adding, “I have no idea why the [the league moving the line in]. It was just one of those rules that changed. If you were a man capable of beating them, you would lick your slices.”
Today, players like Curry and James Harden, who averaged 13.2 three-point attempts per game in the 2018-2019 season, have changed the game once again. So did the famous Phoenix Suns “Seven Seconds or Less” in their run and rifle attack in the early 2000s. Now, players all over the world, from kids to adults, are shooting three after three. So much so that many of the two-point shots that were once encouraged are being resented.
But some do not shine with the new look. Legendary basketball analyst and former college coach Dick Vitale announced his thoughts on Twitter in May, writing“Look at the NBA featuring the greatest athletes but I’m curious because I admit I’ve made it to the point of watching Boredom Tweet embed PTPer shoots 50 3 in every game in a lot of cases (where the ball is cut/movement etc) / for me it’s not fun to watch. Do you agree or disagree? Tweet embed. Ron Harper, the former NBA champion, three-time Chicago Bowl, responded, writing, It’s called bad basketball Tweet embed. “
However, Mills doesn’t think the current barrage of long-range shots is a problem. It also won’t change the rules when it comes to using a bow. Mills embraces the state of the game, even if the current three-point revolution comes a little too late for him to cash in.
“One thing I can say is that times have changed,” Mills says. “People already remind me what kind of money I can make today. They say, ‘Man, can you imagine what kind of money you could make right now?’ I tell them I don’t need a reminder! But no, I won’t change anything. I’ll just leave it as is.” The three-point shot is key when it comes to basketball. I don’t think it should be [changed] Say, for example, a four-point play. It is perfect as it is. I won’t change anything.”