It’s Time To Add A 4-Point Line To The National Basketball Association
Byron Scott wants the NBA to add a 4-point line.
A surprising sentiment from the Lakers coach, whose team attempted the sixth least 3-pointers last season.
Scott isn’t the first to express interest in the 4-pointer. Back in February Knicks president and former Laker coach Phil Jackson endorsed the idea. Initial discussions amongst the league go all the way back to February of last year.
For all 36 seasons of its existence, the 3-pointer has gotten increasingly popular and changed the landscape of the game. The addition of a 4-point line would take scoring to a whole new level, complicate defensive strategies, and turn Steph Curry into the next Marvel superhero.
By all means NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should let this happen. And when it does, I’ll be sitting front row between Spike Lee and Jack Nicholson at the 2019 All-Star Weekend for the inaugural Byron Scott 4-Point Shooting Contest.
Since this is a hypothetical event, we’re going to hypothetically assume that many of the best 3-point shooters of today will remain amongst the best 3-point shooters in four years. Thus, automatically qualifying them as the best 4-point shooters.
Without further ado, the contestants: Bradley Beal, Steph Curry, Eric Gordon, Danny Green, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson.
Kyle Korver is excluded because he will be 37 years old which is the NBA equivalent of 85. Sue me.
The rules will be nearly identical to those of the current 3-Point Contest, with one exception.
Each player will have 25 balls, shooting 5 at each position. After each round the field will be cut it half until there is a sole champion. No surprises here.
However, there will be no “money ball” because the concept is stupid. It’s basically like saying all dollar bills are created equal, but for every four we print the fifth will be worth two dollars just for the hell of it. No. A dollar bill is a dollar bill and a 4-point shot is a 4-point shot, moving on.
The winner will take home a ridiculous sum of cash that they don’t need and a Tesla Model S which they also don’t need.
The winner will be Steph Curry.
Happy 4-point shooting, everybody.
A version of this story was originally published on October 16, 2016 on Slant.