The three-point line in basketball is an arc-shaped line near each basket that determines how many points a successful shot is worth in basketball. If a shot is made from on or inside this line, it is worth two points. If the shot is made from beyond the line it is worth three points. This line is also known as the three-point arc.
The three point line was established in basketball's top leagues in 1967. The ABA (American Basketball Association) first adopted the three point line to add excitement to the game. The commissioner of the ABA at that time was George Mikan, a former NBA star who thought the three point line would be a huge success in basketball. There was initially some confusion on how to use the three point line and when was the right time to take a three point shot. But as time passed, players began to feel much more comfortable with the new rule.
The game of basketball has dramatically changed since the 1960s, and probably the biggest change is the evolution of the three point shot. When the three point line was first introduced, it took years for players to get comfortable with the shot and the vast majority of shots were still inside the arc. But in today's age of basketball, the three point shot is an extremely vital part of the game. Nowadays, the best teams in the world are teams who excel at shooting and defending the three point shot. Even centers and power forwards in basketball are learning to shoot threes more to adapt to this new age of basketball. And with so much success stemming from the three point shot, youth basketball teams are stressing the three point shot now more than ever to prepare young players for the next level.
The three point shot has become so popular because players who are excellent at making three pointers are thriving in college and professional leagues. Ray Allen holds the record for most career three pointers made, and had great success in the NBA as a sharpshooter. Allen won two NBA titles and is seen as one of the best shooters of all time.
Steph Curry is the starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors, and he himself has helped revolutionize the game with his ability to shoot three pointers with incredible efficiency. His ability to make extremely difficult and heavily contested threes has made him one of the most popular sports figures today. Curry has won two NBA MVPs and has helped the Golden State Warriors win three NBA titles in recent history.