2. Most Threes Attempted in a Season
Much has been made about how much the Houston Rockets have loved the 3-point shot in recent years. As a team, they’ve led the NBA in outside attempts in every season since Mike D’Antoni took over the team in 2016-17 and were leading this season before play was halted.
It’s no surprise, then, that the record for most 3-point attempts in a single season is held by none other than James Harden. Previously, Harden’s personal high for shots from beyond the arc in one season was 756 in 2016-17.
That number is still seventh all-time, just one attempt short of Paul George‘s 2018-19 season. That season, James obliterated the existing record for attempted threes, being the first and only player to ever attempt over 1,000 in a season.
Through 78 games played, Harden put up 1,028 outside shots, which is 142 more than the second-placed Stephen Curry, who had 886 in 2015-16. Still, his percentage of 36.8 percent allowed for just 1,134 points from threes as opposed to Curry’s 1,206.
This season, Harden had already put up 769 threes in his 61 games played, which was on pace for 995 if he had gone on to play the rest of the games left in the season.
Is putting up so many threes a concern? Maybe for some teams. With the way the Rockets’ roster has been built though, especially after trading away Clint Capela, this is exactly the way this team has to play to give themselves a chance.
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