Once upon a time in NBA lore, Antoine Walker was asked why he shot so many three-pointers and replied, “There are no fours.” Now, the idea of a four-point shot is not only not outrageous but an actual possibility. In an ESPN interview, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and VP of basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe seemed open to the idea, even hinting that the league has discussed it at some level. Thorn even pointed out that many of today’s shooters, such as Vince Carter, could effectively shoot from any distance. ”Some of the players we have can shoot the ball from I assume it would be 30 feet? 28-30 feet,” he said. “Somewhere in there. Some of the guys we have can shoot that as easily as a 23-, 24-foot shot.” It’s not a huge stretch to imagine players like Stephen Curry and Jamal Crawford becoming deadly four-point shooters — not to mention the perverse fun of watching the likes of J.R. Smith and Nick Young pull up for four every time down the floor.
NBA executives have discussed adding a four-point line
USA Today | Feb 26