Three Seconds or Less

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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.

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