The three-point line was launched within the NBA earlier than the beginning of the 1979-80 season. It was an idea that was borrowed from the American Basketball Affiliation (ABA), the now-defunct league that merged with the NBA in 1976.
In its early years, the three-point shot wasn’t inspired within the league. The emphasis was on taking part in close to the basket or within the mid-range. As outstanding NBA analyst and writer Kirk Goldsberry notes in his sensible 2019 e book, Sprawlball, “By way of the straightforward lens of factors per sport, the three-pointer had gone from a forgettable function participant that scored simply 2.4 factors per staff per sport in 1979 to a stunning famous person that poured in 31.5 per sport in 2017-18…”
It is just previously decade, and with the outstanding success of Stephen Curry, that three-point taking pictures has exploded within the league. Groups are relying greater than ever on the three-ball, with an rising demand for sharpshooters who can nail it from the surface. So right here, then, are the numerous particular person milestones within the evolution of three-point taking pictures, which in the end led to Stephen Curry’s record-breaking 402 made triples within the 2015-16 season.
#1 Brian Taylor knocks down 90 triples within the 1979-80 NBA season
Brian Taylor is basically a forgotten title in NBA historical past, apart from one little element. Taylor knocked down essentially the most triples within the first season the three-point line was launched within the NBA. He knocked down 90 threes through the 1979-80 NBA season whereas taking part in for the then-San Diego Clippers. The following highest mark was 73 long-range pictures by Corridor-of-Famer Rick Barry.
Taylor performed solely two extra years within the NBA, hitting solely 44 and 23 triples in subsequent seasons. Darrell Griffith of the Utah Jazz would marginally enhance Taylor’s file, when he made 91 and 92 three-pointers respectively within the 1983-84 and 1984-85 NBA seasons.
#2 Danny Ainge hits 148 three-pointers within the 1987-88 NBA season
The following large particular person explosion from behind the three-point line got here when the Boston Celtics’ Danny Ainge knocked down 148 long-range pictures within the 1987-88 season. However Ainge wasn’t the one one to shatter the century mark for long-range taking pictures that season. Michael Adams from Denver and Dale Ellis from Seattle knocked down 139 and 107 three-pointers respectively to turn into the primary three members of the ‘more-than-100-threes-in-a-season’ membership.
Apparently, neither Ainge, Adams nor Ellis ranked among the many prime 5 in three-point taking pictures effectivity in 1987-88. All three ball gamers, nonetheless, ranked within the prime three for three-point shot makes an attempt, with Adams taking pole place.
#3 Dan Majerle falls eight shy of the 200 mark within the 1993-94 NBA season
For the subsequent few seasons after 1987-88, essentially the most triples tallied by a participant in a single season hovered across the 160-170 mark. Then within the 1993-94 season, Dan Majerle of the Phoenix Suns fell eight shy of breaking the 200 mark in a single season. Majerle nailed down 192 three-pointers for the Suns, however ranked twentieth in three-point taking pictures effectivity, taking pictures solely 38.2% from behind the arc that season.
The rationale Majerle obtained near 200 threes is that he tried a league-best 503 three-point pictures that season. Majerle’s lengthy distance shot makes an attempt have been 100 greater than second-placed Vernon Maxwell, who tried 403 triples however made solely 120 of them at a 29.8% clip for Houston.