View Full Version : Interesting Three Point Shooting Stats

05-08-2007, 09:32 AM
On the topic of the 3 point line distance being changed (pending approval):

Of every 10 shots taken in the 2006-07 season, 3.4 were launched from
3-point range, up from about 1.5 of every 10 in 1986-87, the first year of the 3-pointer. Over the past 11 seasons, 3-point accuracy improved from 34.1 percent to 35.0 percent.

In the words of Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, "You've got bad shooters taking it -- you've also got bad shooters making it."

On the other hand, over 70% of the top 100 3-point shooting teams during the 2006-07 season were non-BCS schools.

05-08-2007, 10:03 AM
35% from 3-point is the equivalent of 52.5% from 2-point range. What was the overall shooting percentage on regular field goals? If it is less than 52.5%,
then taking as many threes as possible would seem like a good strategy. I think the NCAA saw where this was heading.

05-08-2007, 12:52 PM
There seems to be a few other trade offs in the 3 point versus 2 point shot. You are not going to get the opposing team into foul trouble with 3 point shots. On the other hand, and I don't have statistics to back this up, there seems to be a significant amount more offensive rebounds with the 3 point shot.