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The evolution of the three point game in the NBA

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All-time records were meant to be broken, but probably not at the speed with which the game is being played today.

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During last night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans, JJ Redick hit his 1,827th three point shot, tying him with Kobe Bryant for 14th all time. Bryant played twenty seasons. Redick matched him in only his fourteenth season.

In fact, of the the top twenty all-time NBA three-point shooters, ten are active players. Stephen Curry, the three-point master, is in his eleventh season. He’s third all-time with 2,492 treys, only behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. And that’s after playing only four games this season and another with twenty-six games in 2011-12.

Add Kyle Korver, Vince Carter, James Harden, Jamal Crawford, Joe Johnson, JR Smith, LeBron James, and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson and one has to ask if the all-time list of top three-point shooters is bound to look entirely different every few years. The pace of NBA teams, as well as the frequency of shooting beyond the arc, means young players could be climbing their way into history with less seasons under their belts.

Out of the top 40, only Manu Ginobili exists to represent the Spurs, alluding to the resistance the silver & black have had to adding the outside shot.

The Spurs have added the three as of late, but none of their players hit with the same destructive frequency. Marco Belinelli is currently in the 69th slot and Patty Mills is 109th.

The Spurs stole Zion’s night, but the big man made his presence known in the final frame knocking down sixteen straight points shooting four-for-four from downtown.

Perhaps Williamson will be the next great NBA three-point shooter.


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