The NBA’s 3-point dependence is stronger than ever.
For the ninth consecutive season, the league record for 3 points is set per game. Even if zero 3 is made in the last four days of the regular season, which ends on Sunday, the average for the league in 2020-21 will be higher than any other season.
The game’s record of 3s was set when Davis Bertans of Washington made the NBA’s 26,375 3rd point of the season on Wednesday night. Bertans connected with 10:04 left in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ game against Atlanta.
The teams entered on Wednesday, averaging about 12.7 in 3 seconds per game this season. The previous score was 12.2 per game last season.
There are also other points out of 3 points that were broken in 2020-21
The Utah Jazz are now confident that they have broken the NBA’s previous rating of a maximum of 3 points per game per team for an entire season; they entered Wednesday with 16.8 per game, and will surely pass the 16.1 mark per game set by the Houston Rockets in 2018-19.
And the record for a maximum of 3 seconds played by a player in a season is on the verge of falling, with Golden State’s Stephen Curry currently averaging 5.3-0.2 more per game than the previous rating set by Curry himself two seasons ago.
If Curry makes another three this season in each of Golden State’s last two games, he will reset the record. There are also 13 cases of players making at least 10 3 seconds in play this season, another record – seven of them by Curry.
The 3-point grip also shows no signs of slowing down.
Entering this season, there have been only nine cases in NBA history in which the team averaged 13.5 3 seconds per game for an entire season. There are 11 teams at a medium pace, so many this season alone.
The frequency of 3s made per game has doubled mainly in the last 10 seasons, from 6.4 per game in the 2011-12 campaign where it is now. And the speed of 3 seconds tested on the game, as might be expected, is also in record.
Teams averaged 34.6 attempts at 3 points per game, well ahead of the previous record of 34.1 per game set last season. This will be the 10th consecutive season in which the record for 3 attempts to play is broken.