Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant doesn't see the current three-point era lasting for much longer.
The Warriors and Sacramento Kings set an NBA record on Saturday night by combining for 41 made triples, with Steph Curry sinking 10 while Durant and Klay Thompson hit three apiece.
This was all in keeping with the new small-ball trend made popular by the Dubs and the Houston Rockets, who play a fast-paced game while spreading the floor and taking advantage of the space to hurt opponents from deep.
Kevin Durant on the league’s 3-point explosion: “I don’t see this lasting too much longer. Just the volume of 3s, the pick-up style, it’ll seize.” pic.twitter.com/PdFVhw7GN9— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 6, 2019
Following the Warriors' 127-123 win, Durant was asked about the emergence of today's three-point reliance and surprisingly predicted that it will die out soon.
The player admitted that he prefers operating inside of the three-point line but has had to change with the times. He claims that the "pick-up style" basketball will meet its end sooner rather than later.
The Warriors, who have two of the best three-point shooters in the business in Curry and Thompson, are only 12th in attempted threes this season, with the Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and even the Miami Heat all ahead.
As for made threes, they're ranked at No.5 while the Rockets, Bucks, Celtics and Nets lead the way.
What This Means
Teams are living and dying by the three nowadays and several of them are using a four-point line in training. Durant, meanwhile, is partly correct; the era will come to a stop at some point in time as defenses will adapt, but it's not going to be soon.
The floor spacing we're seeing in today's NBA is extremely tough to defend, so much so, even centers - who traditionally operated in the paint - are stepping out and drilling shots from beyond the arc with alarming success.
It is quite fun to watch too. But there will be a time when coaches set their teams up to counter and force opponents to make their money closer to the rim.