Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a suggestion for improving the NBA, and it has nothing to do with the officiating.
He wants to move back the 3-point arc.
Cuban shared his idea with ESPN after the Mavericks’ 122-116 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, a game in which both teams attempted 29 3-pointers:
"It’s getting too close. Guys are shooting a foot behind it anyways. … That’s something we should look at. It’s worth looking at. I don’t think the number of shots would decline, but I think it would reward skill and open up the court some more. So guys would still take [3-point] shots if it’s seven inches back or whatever, but at the same time, it opens up the court for more drives, more midrange game."
And if case you think this is sour grapes considering the Golden State Warriors are dominating his Mavericks (and everyone else) from beyond the arc, Cuban furthers explains his stance:
"I think it’d open it up more so guys with different skill sets could play. It would open up play for more drives. Guys with midrange games would be rewarded and that would stay in the game. There would be more diversity of offensive action in the game."
ESPN also notes that the single-season record for made 3s is 55,137, but teams are on pace to hit 58,477 this season.