In the first minute of Saturday night’s game against the Houston Rockets, Jordan Poole dribbled with his foot and sent a pass to Draymond Green in the short corner. Green caught the pass and went ahead for his sole focus of the night. It didn’t affect the final score, but Green’s bucket was significant beyond the box score in a 19-point win over one of the Association’s worst teams. Green’s 581st trio overtook Michael Jordan on the 3-point list made in his career. Yes, you read it correctly.
If there’s ever been an example to shed light on how much the game has changed and how the numbers deserve context, it’s this moment. Counting stats without context says Draymond Green and Michael Jordan are equal outside the arc. Green’s legacy will always be tied to his status as the attacking fulcrum in the most superior shooter lineup in league history. Much of his value, however, is his ability to search for open shooters or set up the screen to open their shooters. Green’s double triples are worth more than him shooting triples. Green is essentially the incarnation of Anthony Mason of the Golden State. He’s a 31.5% career 3-pointer with a stooped shooting stance and a nasty personality.
In addition to becoming the standard by which all players measure themselves, Jordan remains the most productive and prolific mid-ranger the NBA has ever seen. He’s also just a 32.7 percent off-arc shooter, just a hair ahead of Green. In modern fouls, even Draymond Greens has to score 3 points at a rate higher than the most dominant scorers of the ’90s.
Jordan’s 3-point shot is an often-criticized data point used to discredit him as the greatest player of all time. However, that short-sighted analysis is the same as considering James Harden as the second best shooter of all time if he surpasses Ray Allen for second on the all-time list at the end of this season.
Jordan’s numbers would suggest that he is a sub-standard shooter. In fact, Jordan was playing in the moment before the effectiveness of the 3-pointer was worth considering. In 1990-91, the league attempted 7.1 3-pointers a game and completed 32% of those shots. Today, attempts from outside the arc have increased by 500% while the league’s average shooting rate has improved to 36%.
Jordan has never incorporated footage into his repertoire because he didn’t need to do so in his day. Instead, Jordan retired with highest career GPA partly because he’s a good shooter from mid-range territory because Steph is halfway between the arc and the symbol. Kirk Goldsbery’s chart illustrates how Jordan’s shooting record compared to the best shooting guard in the modern NBA shows how the game has changed.
For Green, passing MJ on the career 3-point list is the latest achievement in his form in a season in which he has been surprisingly steady. Green’s third goal was his only goal of the night against Houston and while his detractors will use that item as yet another piece of evidence against Golden State awarding him a contract extension. copper. However, aside from a slump in a game against Houston in which the Warriors sleepwalked, Green is in the midst of a resurgence following the jagged highs and lows he endured last season.
Green remains the most exciting single-digit goalscorer in the league, delivering spine-tingling screens and predicting scorers’ positions, then making quick passes before the defense can. catching up at the moment, but he’s hitting the league average for the first time since 2016. The night before, Green drilled three points from the left flank which Kerr called “”shot in the night.”
Never has the ball rolled out of Green’s reach as easily as now. Green is likely to present the front office with a tough choice if he chooses not to participate next summer. His execution this season makes it more likely he will and complicates the difficult financial decision team president Bob Myers will have to make.