In 1979-80, when the three-point shot was implemented in the NBA, only a dozen players had more than 100 attempts from that range. Twenty years later, 18 players attempted more than 300. This year, 20-plus were on pace for more than 400 attempts.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry will approach 900 three-point attempts, and 400 made, records in both categories. Seventy-six players already made more than 90 threes this season, surpassing the total that league leader Brian Taylor made for the Clippers in 1979-80.
The NBA has kept the same distance – ranging from 22 feet in the corners to 23 feet and 9 inches on the wings – since it was implemented. The game has evolved, and it’s time for the league to follow. Curry leads a generation that is shooting better than ever, and more often than ever, from long range.
For the best players in the world, it’s too close. Mark Cuban is pushing for the line to be extended, possibly to 25 feet. It could mean widening the court from its current 50 feet to 55 feet. It’s an easy fix for the NBA. And it might open up the lane.