Today, 44 years ago, Larry Bird Made The First Three in History.

Today, 44 years ago, Larry Bird Made The First Three in History.

One of the most distinctive features of the NBA, the three-point line has altered play in ways not anticipated since its introduction during the 1979–1980 season.

The NBA’s evolving style of play prompted the invention of the three-point line. Teams were searching for strategies to buck the growing perimeter-oriented nature of the game as players were attempting more shots from outside the area. Because teams could now score more points with a single shot thanks to the three-point line, more outside shots were made by teams, which helped to spread the floor.

The average number of three-pointers made in a game before the three-point line was implemented was slightly more than two. Following its introduction, the average number of three-pointers made in a game has been consistently rising, with recent years seeing an increase to well over thirty. This demonstrates the profound influence the three-point line has had on basketball.

Although Chris Ford made the first 3-pointer in NBA history on October 12, 1979, in the opening game of the 79–80 NBA Season between Boston and Houston, it was actually his teammate Larry Bird who, appropriately, made the first three in the All-Star Game precisely 43 years ago today.

In the East’s 144-136 overtime triumph at the Capital Center on February 3, 1980, Bird drained a three-pointer from the corner.

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