This season marks the silver anniversary of the NBA's three-point shot. The league's first three-pointer was made by Boston's Chris Ford on Oct. 12, 1979. Ford shot 42.7% from behind the arc that year, good for second in the league. Who led the league in three-point percentage that season?
a. Rick Barry, Rockets
b. Larry Bird, Celtics
c. Fred Brown, Sonics
d. Reggie Theus, Bulls
Though new to the NBA in 1979, the trey was a staple of the ABA during its nine-year existence, from 1967 to '76. Who was the ABA's career leader in three-pointers made?
This Week's Matchup
At 45.4% Steve Kerr is the NBA's alltime leader in three-point accuracy. Kerr is also the career percentage leader for the Bulls, Cavs and Spurs. Can you match these other teams with their alltime three-point field goal percentage leader?
1. Heat ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†a. Dale Ellis
2. Kings ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†b. Jim Les
3. Nuggets ¬†¬†¬†c. Kenny Smith
4. Rockets ¬†¬†¬†d. Jon Sundvold
Call to Order
The three-pointer is a staple for many players and teams but is largely disregarded by others. Place the following in order of the three-pointers made during the indicated time period.
a. Mike Bibby of the Kings, in the 2004 playoffs
b. Detroit's Richard Hamilton, in the 2003--04 season
c. Atlanta, against Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996
d. Magic Johnson, in his first five NBA seasons
PERIMETER PIONEERS: c. "Downtown" Fred Brown was the first man to lead the NBA in three-point percentage. He made 39 of his 88 attempts (44.3%).
AMERICAN BEAUTIES: Louie Dampier made a league-record 794 three-pointers.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: 1. d; 2. b; 3. a; 4. c
CALL TO ORDER: a. (24 threes in 12 playoff games); d. (22 from 1979-80 to '83-84); c. (an NBA single-game record of 19); b. (18 last season)