/Keeping Score: Shooting Efficiency Starts to Waver as the 3-Point Bricks Fly

Keeping Score: Shooting Efficiency Starts to Waver as the 3-Point Bricks Fly

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The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala makes 48.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, which are 43.5 percent of his shots.

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Shooting in the N.B.A. has become positively Dickensian. An obsession with the 3-point shot, which has developed over several years but was stoked greatly by the recent titles won by the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, has created an environment that is truly the best of times and the worst of times for shooters.

There is no doubt that when deployed correctly, the 3-pointer is a valuable tool that immediately upon its introduction increased scoring efficiency. For the most part, an increase in 3-pointers has continued to correspond with an increase in efficiency.

But this season, with players from the 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas to the 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis thinking that they should be gunning from downtown, the league may slowly be eclipsing the rate at which the lower-percentage shot…

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