NBA Three Point Shot Attempts and Accuracy Distribution

Abstract

Players continuously favor shots from the outside and the trend doesn’t seem to sink. This research paper aims to evaluate whether three points shot has become a regular weapon on the offensive end both on regular time and clutch time. The authors found two main results: Firstly, although three points shots are constantly favored more through seasons, during clutch times (4th quarters and overtimes) and important games (playoffs) teams would put less weight on three points shots. Because the team will consider the uncertainty of three points shots during clutch times and important games, to reduce the amount of three points shots. Secondly, teams might take tie game as the safest result. As there is a tradeoff between shooting percentage and scores made (2 points vs 3 points), teams would prefer to be eclectic, thereby resulting in the reverse proportion for various score difference.