Monday, March 5, 2012
Novak on pace to set an NBA 3-point record
By Jared Zwerling
Steve Novak is on pace to attempt 3-pointers at the highest rate (per 36 minutes) in NBA history. Entering Monday, Novak is attempting 10.7 threes per 36 minutes, and he's capitalizing on them. He's shooting 47.5 percent, which currently ranks as the 25th-best mark ever in a single season.
Below is a breakdown of the top-five attempt artists in NBA history. Novak's teammate, J.R. Smith, is second on the all-time list.
Dee Brown (Raptors in 1999-00) -- 10.0 attempts (35.8 percent)
J.R. Smith (Nuggets in 2007-08) -- 9.9 attempts (40.3 percent)
Joe Hassett (Warriors in 1981-82) -- 9.8 attempts (33.2 percent)
Daequan Cook (Thunder in 2010-11) -- 9.3 attempts (42.2 percent)
J.R. Smith (Nuggets in 2006-07) -- 9.3 attempts (39.0 percent)
Since February, Novak has made the second-most 3-pointers, just trailing Magic power forward Ryan Anderson. They prove just how important it is for a team to space the floor well and have an effective stretch four. What's more impressive about Novak is that his 45 threes compared to Anderson's 51 have come in 261 less minutes.
Most 3-Pointers Made Since February
3-point field goals | 3-point field goal percentage | Minutes
Ryan Anderson (Magic) -- 51-for-112 | 45.5 | 555
Steve Novak (Knicks) -- 45-for-93 | 48.4 | 294
Jason Richardson (Magic) -- 40-for-87 | 46.0 | 386
Deron Williams (Nets) -- 39-for-105 | 37.1 | 566
Kevin Durant (Thunder) -- 37-for-94 | 39.4 | 676