The Golden State Warriors are credited, or blamed, for the emphasis on three-point shooting in the NBA.
While the champions excel at hitting three pointers, and making layups, the Warriors also lead the league in scoring off midrange jumpers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Warriors ace Steph Curry especially likes the midrange shot, the newspaper said.
The high-flying Houston Rockets and other teams have all but eliminated the midrange jump shot, once prevalent in basketball. The midrange jumper is seen as inefficient because it brings more missed shots and counts for only two points.
Yet, Curry and the Warriors show that the midrange jumper can still pay off. That will cheer basketball old-timers like the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, who believe the three-pointer has distorted the game.
The college game has also made the three-pointer, and the easy layup, the dominant offensive weapons. Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill during a March Madness game expressed regret at the "lost art" of the midrange jumper.
Once, such jumpers were part of the game's beauty. The midrange jump shot was the primary weapon for legendary shooters such as the Celtics' Bill Sharman. More recently, Michael Jordan shot jumpers, while gaining fame for his soaring dunks.
Like Ryan, I shudder when I hear an announcer today say that a team has "settled for the jumper." The players I grew up watching made the jump shot an art. Kudos to Curry and the Warriors for keeping alive that part of the game.