Steve Kerr: NBA’s three-pointer revolution ‘seems like it’s here to stay’
The reliance on the three-pointer — some would argue an aggravating over-reliance — has completely taken over the NBA game, and Steve Kerr believes that trend will not be going away anytime soon.
Three-pointer attempts per game have increased every season in the NBA since the 2010-11 campaign (via Basketball Reference), and are up to 31.1 per game this season.
Kerr, whose Golden State Warriors perhaps surprisingly make only the 12th-most three-pointer attempts per game this season with 32.4, believes offenses will continue to focus on operating from beyond the arc.
During an appearance Thursday night on 95.7 The Game, Kerr was asked if three-pointer attempts would decrease if the NBA resumed allowing hand-checking.
“I don’t think that’s gonna happen. I think the league is very happy with the state of play, the state of the league, the scoring,” Kerr said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “The rules have been legislated to help the offensive player more than anything.
“I don’t know that we are looking at anything that’s gonna slow down this 3-point revolution. It just seems like it’s here to stay.”
Kevin Durant does not agree with his coach on the topic, however.
“I don’t see this lasting too much longer — just the volume of 3s,” Durant said last weekend. “The way the game is played — pickup style. It’ll cease here in a second, but a lot of guys are adjusting their games to the times.
“It’s fun for the fans and it’s fun for us sometimes. But it’s also tough to watch and tough to play against. But hey, that’s what we signed up for.”
It goes without saying that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, sides with Durant in this debate, not his great pal Kerr. On more than one occasion Pop could not hide his extreme contempt for the three-point shot: “I hate it, but I always have.”