UPDATE: Trevor Ariza’s Mr. 70-Not-57-Foot Shot of Wizardry (Makes Some Sort of Unofficial Distance History Since 2000)
[UPDATE: How exactly long was that shot? The Post’s Michael Lee tweeted that it was an 80-foot shot.
Taking a second look…
Let’s try to measure. Credit Ariza (per the Vines below and video) for taking off just around the opposite free throw line (even though he doesn’t release the ball until a couple feet further; it’s an ‘as long as you take off from beyond the 3-point line’ type of thing). Per NBA court dimensions (baseline to baseline length of 94 feet), the “center of the circle” or edge of the free throw line nearest to center court is 19 feet from the baseline. So from where Ariza shot the ball, give or take, is 75 feet from the baseline in the direction of the flight of the ball. Of course, the center of the rim, where the ball hit, seems at least 4.5 feet from the baseline, which would make Ariza’s shot closer to a 70-footer (maybe 70’6-9″) and not a 57-footer. A bit different.
Nonetheless, most of the historical data outlined below, as NBA.com/stats and ESPN.com still have Ariza’s shot from a distance of 57-feet as of the most recent update to this post, still stands as somewhat relevant until further notice. Ariza is still technically the 34th player to make a shot from beyond 57 feet since 2000; his company is probably fewer at 70.
And for a bit of due diligence, 69-plus foot shots since 2000-01 via Basketball-Reference.com: Josh Howard (2008-09); Jose Calderon (2007-08); Bonzi Wells, LeBron James, and Caron Butler (2006-07); Zoran Planinic and Andre Miller (2005-06); Brian Cardinal (2003-04); Jurmaine Jones (2001-02); and Baron Davis, Cuttino Mobley, Andre Miller, and Darvin Ham (2000-01).
Official Ruling: TBD /Also don’t always trust a boxscore, perhaps?.]
It was a very long shot, perhaps historical, and worth a comparative statistical look-up. According to shot location data from Basketball-Reference.com, the following players have hit shots from 57 feet or longer over the last 14 seasons (since 2000-01), which is the extent of the BBR database:
- Tony Wroten has hit two 57-plus-foot shots this season (two?).
- Jason Kidd and Alonzo Gee were the only players to do so last season.
- Andre Miller was the only player to do it in 2011-12.
- Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, Ty Lawson, and Marco Belinelli in 2010-11.
- Terrence Williams, Zach Randolph, Marcus Williams, and Antoine Wright in 2009-11.
- Charlie Villanueva, Fred Jones, and Josh Howard in 2008-09.
- Anthony Parker, Tim Thomas, Jose Calderon, and Joe Johnson in 2007-08.
- LeBron James, Rasheed Wallace, Darrell Armstrong, Caron Butler (as a Wizard), and Bonzi Wells in 2006-07.
- Zoran Planinic, Deron Williams, and Andre Miller in 2005-06.
- No one in 2004-05.
- Devean George and Brian Cardinal in 2003-04.
- Mark Jackson and Troy Hudson in 2002-03.
- Jurmaine Jones in 2001-02.
- Andre Miller, Jason Williams (White Choco), Cuttino Mobley, Darvin Ham, and Baron Davis in 2000-01.
Wow. Thirty-three different players since 2000, Ariza is the 34th. And he’s not the only Wizard, via Caron Butler in 2006-07. Also interesting that Andre Miller (current trade bait?) has done it three times; Deron Williams and Jason Kidd have each done it twice.
(UPDATE: And so, noting per the 70-foot shot estimate, Ariza becomes the 13th player since 2000 to hit a 69-plus foot shot, Andre Miller is the only player who did it twice, and Wizard Caron Butler did it once.)
Otherwise, let’s watch/Vine…