Your Guide to the 3-Pointer

Some of basketball's most famous shots have been from 3-point range. John Paxson's 3-point shot in 1993 wrapped up the Chicago Bulls' third NBA championship. Charlotte Smith of North Carolina took a pass with 0.7 seconds left and hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the 1994 NCAA women's championship game.

It started off as a gimmicky way to attract fans in the days of the old American Basketball Association. It's now a universally accepted part of the game of basketball at all levels--and a key strategy in every single game that's played.

Whether it's 19-feet, 9-inches for high school players or 23-feet, 9-inches for NBA sharpshooters, the 3-point line is here to stay. A new generation of players are being raised to respect the 3-point shot and, also, to develop the range needed to open up the floor for the entire team.

Do you have what it takes to be a strong 3-point shooter? This is your go-to guide to learning all you can about mastering the fundamentals of this shot. Below are links to articles, videos and animations that break down the 3-point shot every way imaginable. It's your secret weapon to being a super sharpshooter from beyond the arc:

Basketball Tips and Drills for 3-Pointers

The History of the 3-Pointer -- Learn what brought the 3-pointer into the game, and how long it took for old-school players and coaches to adjust to the new scoring option.

Fundamentals of the 3-Point Shot -- This iHoops animated breakdown shows step-by-step instructions to how a 3-point shot is perfectly executed to maximize the chance of a swish.

3 Ways to Make More 3-Point Shots -- Want to develop a deadly 3-point shot? Here are three drills used at high levels that will give you great accuracy from downtown.

The Drive-and-Kick 3-Pointer -- Many teams use the drive-and-kick 3-pointer as a key play to get big points. Learn the basics of the play and find out how your team can master it before your next game with this animation.

How Duke Sets Up 3-Pointers in Transition -- Point guards leading a fast break can find open 3-pointers if they move properly. Here's how Duke University practices the scenario to create 3-point opportunities.

End-of-Quarter Play for a 3-Pointer -- This play, particularly effective as the clock winds down, gives the point guard two options for a 3-point shot thanks to a couple of ball screens.

The Man Who Doesn't Miss Shots -- Learn the secret of professional shooting coach Dave Hopla, who once made 211 3-pointers in a row without a miss.

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