We are now in a time in the NBA which many have dubbed as the three-point era. This season three-pointers attempted by teams have skyrocketed with the Houston Rockets leading the way with 40.4 tries each ballgame, per teamrankings.com.
However, in a season in which teams’ success rates have been heavily dependent on shots from beyond the arc, an interesting analysis has recently been presented by NBA statistician and Rockets consultant Ed Kupfer.
In his graphs Kupfer shows how the emergence of the three-point shot has caused a league-wide decline in two-point field goals attempted with only 58.4 per game.
What is more interesting here is the fact that despite the fewest two-point shot attempts in history, the league is also shooting at an all-time high in terms of two-point field goal percentage at 50.17%.
This means that the entire league has been more efficient from within two-point territory this season in its entire history.
The top-three teams in terms of two-point percentage are the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Houston Rockets, also from teamrankings.com. Interestingly, all three teams are also ranked in the top five in three-point attempts per game. Moreover, their win-loss records are also in the top five in the entire NBA.
Putting all these together point to the fact that although three-pointers have become a vital part of a team’s success, they are not the be-all and end-all. As proven by the three aforementioned teams, two-pointers still play a very significant role in the game today.