Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash ran one of the most fantastic offenses the NBA has ever seen – with their philosophy of getting a shot up in seven seconds or less. But you don’t often see a shot go up that quickly at the beginning of a game. Here’s a list of those from the last five seasons who are trying to keep the magic of SSOL alive by taking the first shot of the game only three seconds in!
|Date||Player||Team||Opponent||Distance||Did He Make It?|
|Nov. 14, 2012||Joakim Noah||Chicago||Phoenix||4 feet||No|
|Nov. 17, 2012||Tobias Harris||Milwaukee||New Orleans||11 feet||No|
|May 21, 2013||Danny Green||San Antonio||Memphis||1 foot||Nope – blocked by Mike Conley|
|Mar. 26, 2014||Kenneth Faried||Denver||San Antonio||1 foot||Nope – blocked by Kawhi Leonard|
|Oct. 28, 2015||Andre Roberson||Oklahoma City||San Antonio||At the rim||Yes|
|Oct. 30, 2015||Nicolas Batum||Charlotte||Atlanta||1 foot||Yep – and finished the three-point play!|
- Tobias Harris was the only player to take a three-seconds-in shot from further out than 4 feet.
- Harris was also one of two who received the ball from a pass, rather than grabbing the jump ball himself. Brandon Jennings made the pass.
- The other was Joakim Noah who received a quick pass from Kirk Hinrich.
- Noah was the only shooter who also participated in the jump ball – quick moves from Jo!
- Shooting percentage on these is only 33% – not gonna win too many games shooting like that.
- Tim Duncan was involved in three of these jump balls. I don’t know what that means, but I’m pretty sure it is important.