Ever since its conception and inception in the NBA, the three-point line has made a revolution in the league, being one of the main attractions for basketball fans across the globe. It’s not a secret that we all enjoyed the likes of Larry Bird or Reggie Miller shooting threes like it was nothing and more recently we did the same with Ray Allen and Stephen Curry, proving that the 7.24 came to life to enchant ours.
Nevertheless, there are people claiming a change needs to be made regarding the line since shooting three-pointers seems to be as much or easier to make layups for a big number of player right now. For instance, Former San Antonio Spurs VP of strategic research and current ESPN analyst Kirk Goldsberry has his own word on this matter and didn’t hesitate to explain why he believes the line should be moved back.
Rachel Nichols asked Goldsberry on ESPN The Jump why he thinks the NBA should make this change and Kirk replied:
“I love the diversity of the game, I love the five position groups and I argue that is a mean to sort of preserve the diversity, the look of the game. I mean into look at the three-point shot as an increasing threat to the diversity of the game.”
Goldsberry also added that “this year the NBA three-point shooters made more 3-point shots than they made during the entire 1980s.”
Maybe Goldsberry has a valid point, but that doesn’t seem to be a clear and definite solution to the ‘diversity problem’ we’ve seen with triples right now, as you have people like Stephen Curry or Damian Lillard shooting three-pointers from any point of the court. If this doesn’t work, then the league might be obligated to move the three-point line to the half court or allow a certain number of triple attempts for each team during a game.
Right now three-pointers are the biggest attraction of any basketball game, as they can start a comeback or being the last step of it. If you want to lower the rates of three-point attempts, maybe that move would be the right step, but for now, leave us alone with our loved triples.