NBA's big men are bombing away like there's no tomorrow

NBA's big men are bombing away like there's no tomorrow

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NBA's big men are bombing away like there's no tomorrow

Jan 10, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting an off balance three point shot as the shot clock expired against the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 100-88. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In 1985-86, Larry Bird became the first player at least 6-foot-9 tall to average one three-pointer made per game. It took another 14 years for a seven-footer to accomplish that same feat – Dirk Nowitzki did it in 1999-00 in his second season with the Mavericks.

Boy, have times changed. So far this season, there’s 10 players seven-foot tall or more averaging one three per contest, far exceeding the previous record – four in 2015-16. Only 47 players that size have played in the NBA this year, so that’s 21.2 percent.

There’s also a record 35 players above 6-foot-9 hitting one three-pointer per game. The record was at 27 last season.

Full data below:

6-foot-9-plus players averaging at least one three per game 7-foot-plus players averaging at least one three per game
2016-17 35 10
2015-16 27 4
2014-15 26 1
2013-14 20 2
2012-13 20 3
2011-12 21 2
2010-11 18 1
2009-10 20 1
2008-09 21 1
2007-08 14 2
2006-07 12 1
2005-06 12 1
2004-05 11 1
2003-04 12 1
2002-03 9 1
2001-02 12 1
2000-01 10 1
1999-00 7 1
1998-99 4 0
1997-98 3 0
1996-97 4 0
1995-96 9 0
1994-95 7 0
1993-94 1 0
1992-93 2 0
1991-92 1 0
1990-91 2 0
1989-90 1 0
1988-89 1 0
1987-88 1 0
1986-87 1 0
1985-86 1 0
1984-85 0 0
1983-84 0 0
1982-83 0 0
1981-82 0 0
1980-81 0 0
1979-80 0 0

 

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