Disaster In Threes

January 12, 1998

By moving the three-point arc this season from 22'0" to 23'9",
the NBA has made life on the outside miserable. Of the 76
players who made an average of at least one three-pointer per
game in 1996-97, 68 are connecting less frequently and 56 are
shooting less accurately. Here's a look at the few who are
thriving--and the ones who are suffering the most--among those
who have played a minimum of 15 games in 1997-98.

--DAVID SABINO

Making More
3'S MADE 3'S MADE
PER GAME PER GAME
TEAM/PLAYER '96-97 '97-98 DIFFERENCE

Isaiah Rider, Trail Blazers 1.30 2.64 +1.34
(above right)
Tracy Murray, Wizards 1.29 1.88 +0.59
Darrick Martin, Clippers 1.11 1.63 +0.52
Wesley Person, Suns/Cavaliers 2.14 2.30 +0.16
Eddie Jones, Lakers 1.90 1.94 +0.04

Making Fewer
3'S MADE 3'S MADE
PER GAME PER GAME
TEAM/PLAYER '96-97 '97-98 DIFFERENCE

Mookie Blaylock, Hawks 2.83 1.14 -1.69
Nick Anderson, Magic 2.27 0.65 -1.62
Terry Mills, Pistons/Heat 2.22 0.61 -1.61
Clifford Robinson, 1.49 0.17 -1.32
Trail Blazers/Suns
Allan Houston, Knicks 1.83 0.58 -1.25

Shooting Better
3-PT. 3-PT.
PCT. PCT.
TEAM/PLAYER '96-97 '97-98 DIFFERENCE

Dale Ellis, Nuggets/Sonics 36.4% 48.7% +12.3%
Dan Majerle, Heat 33.8% 40.3% +6.5%
Darrick Martin, Clippers 38.9% 45.2% +6.3%
Sean Elliott, Spurs 33.3% 38.8% +5.5%
Tracy Murray, Wizards 35.3% 40.5% +5.2%

Shooting Worse
3-PT. 3-PT.
PCT. PCT.
TEAM/PLAYER '96-97 '97-98 DIFFERENCE

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Kings 38.2% 20.0% -18.2%
Chris Mills, Cavaliers/Knicks 39.1% 22.0% -17.1%
Terrell Brandon, Cavaliers/Bucks 37.3% 20.5% -16.8%
Bryon Russell, Jazz 40.9% 24.7% -16.2%
Michael Jordan, Bulls 37.4% 22.0% -15.4%

COLOR PHOTO: ROCKY WIDNER [Isaiah Rider]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)