Tuesday, March 2, 2010
NBA’s Three-Point Line
The first time that a three-point line was used in the NBA was in the 1979-1980 season. It was only an experiment. The original length at the top of the key was 23 feet, 9 inches, while the corners were 22 feet. The line was put in the game in order to spread the players out. Before there was a three-point line, most of the players crowded around the basket. The first player to score a three-pointer was Chris Ford. It also made scoring increase and created more excitement. The three-point line became permanent in the 1980-1981 season. In the 1994-1995 season, the line was shortened to 22 feet all the way around the basket. This change didn’t last long and was eventually changed back to its original length in the 1997-1998 season. The three-point line brought a new dimension to a game that was already very exciting.