Want to Make the NBA Even Better? Re-Think the Three-Pointer

February 24th, 2015 by Dennis Hans Leave a reply »

Editor's note: When Adam Silver took control of the NBA Commissioner's office last season, he made one thing abundantly clear: the game can always be improved, and he's open to suggestions. 

In a sprawling interview with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck last October, Silver mentioned myriad areas of the game he's considered tweaking: NBA draft lottery reform, in-season tournaments with international clubs, shorter 44-minute games, and more. 

Semi-serious discussions concerning the rules of the game itself have captured hoops fans' imaginations, if only momentarily. In one of the more eye-raising stories of 2014, Rod Thorn said NBA execs entertained the idea of implementing a 4-pointer.

In the spirit of offering the NBA our fair share of research — Silver's words! — veteran NBA writer Dennis Hans offers a modest proposal for a more logical scoring mechanism. 

The objective of offensive basketball—particularly for the growing number of analytics-attuned teams—has shifted from working to get ...

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