NBA players are shooting deeper 3-pointers than ever before.
We know this because last week, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh wrote a feature story highlighting a secret behind what he calls the "logo 3-pointer" -- aka 3-point attempts in the 30- to 39-foot range.
Back in mid-January, Haberstroh also shined the spotlight on the recent trend by providing details on who attempts (and makes) the most "logo 3s."
At the time, this is what he found:
Trae Young = 13-for-34 (38 percent)
Damian Lillard = 11-for-26 (42 percent)
Steph Curry = 11-for-22 (50 percent)
James Harden = 4-for-17 (15 percent)
Entering action Monday, here are the updated numbers:
Trae Young = 20-for-51 (39 percent)
Steph Curry = 16-for-42 (38 percent)
Damian Lillard = 12-for-34 (35 percent)
James Harden = 6-for-26 (23 percent)
So the rookie -- whom a lot of people compared to Steph Curry when he was a freshman at Oklahoma last season -- has supplanted the greatest shooter in NBA history as the king of the "logo 3-pointer."
How did the two-time league MVP shoot from 30 to 39 feet over the last couple of seasons? Glad you asked:
2014-15 = 3-for-7 (43 percent)
2015-16 = 17-for-31 (55 percent)
2016-17 = 12-for-32 (38 percent)
2017-18 = 4-for-9 (44 percent)
No wonder Curry became the only unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16. That 55 percent number is just silly.
But at this point, he just wants to make a higher percentage of his 3-point attempts in general.
Steph Curry is shooting 31.6 percent (30-for-95) from 3-point range over his last seven games— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 11, 2019
And lastly, in case you forgot, Young went 0 of 5 from deep in each of the two meetings between the Warriors and Hawks this season.