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The NBA’s Most Expensive 3-pointers


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When you get right down to it, 3-pointers are the showstoppers in Basketball, and what else can really get the crowd going other than a long range 3-pointer from downtown. But, have you ever wondered which team and fans paid the most for their 3-pointers during the 2021-22 season?

Which NBA teams paid the most per 3-pointer?

Thanks to the analysis of active player salaries and 2021/22 season statistics, new research from Bookmakers.com has revealed which NBA team spent the most money on each 3-pointer during the 2021/22 NBA season. The rankings are as follows:

Rank Team Cost of a 3-pointer Cost of a point Cost of a Win
1 Brooklyn Nets  $167,936  $17,051  $3,587,719
2 LA Clippers  $157,109  $18,503  $3,916,505
3 Philadelphia 76ers  $152,873  $16,110  $2,847,642
4 Chicago Bulls  $152,333  $14,514  $2,887,696
5 New Orleans Pelicans  $151,896  $14,796  $3,683,471
6 LA Lakers  $150,208  $16,047  $4,469,821
7 Golden State Warriors  $148,973  $19,248  $3,305,516
8 Washington Wizards  $146,469  $14,142  $3,598,961
9 Phoenix Suns  $138,420  $13,980  $2,056,841
10 Sacramento Kings  $136,267  $14,116  $4,256,077
11 Cleveland Cavaliers  $136,142  $14,678  $2,948,705
12 Milwaukee Bucks  $133,549  $16,260  $3,019,253
13 Toronto Raptors  $133,473  $14,567  $2,722,298
14 Denver Nuggets  $130,961  $14,721  $2,834,754
15 Atlanta Hawks  $127,120  $14,368  $3,121,840
16 Utah Jazz  $123,777  $15,838  $3,011,071
17 Indiana Pacers  $122,807  $13,396  $4,897,528
18 Boston Celtics  $121,472  $14,382  $2,584,254
19 Miami Heat  $116,769  $14,418  $2,454,355
20 Minnesota Timberwolves  $112,124  $14,282  $2,951,793
21 Orlando Magic  $111,141  $12,991  $5,046,833
22 Portland Trail Blazers  $110,511  $13,232  $4,268,986
23 Dallas Mavericks  $107,613  $13,036  $2,220,548
24 Memphis Grizzlies  $104,041  $10,371  $1,755,694
25 Houston Rockets  $102,053  $12,534  $5,638,442
26 New York Knicks  $102,029  $12,644  $2,983,666
27 Charlotte Hornets  $96,341  $11,644  $2,560,882
28 Detroit Pistons  $90,311  $9,718  $3,632,081
29 San Antonio Spurs  $86,339  $8,607  $2,348,918
30 Oklahoma City Thunder  $47,563  $5,541  $1,963,967

The Brooklyn Nets paid the most per 3-pointer over the course of last season, with their successful 3-point shots coming in at an average cost of $167,936, the highest in the league. The LA Clippers came in second place, with their 3-pointers costing them $157,109 on average, and the Philadelphia 76ers placed third, with their 3-pointers coming in at $152,873 on average.

The Oklahoma City Thunder got the best 3-pointer return for their money, with their successful 3-point shots costing them an average of just $47,563. The San Antonio Spurs managed a great return on their salary bill, which resulted in their 3-pointers costing them $86,339 on average. The Detroit Pistons had the third best return for their money, with their 3-pointers costing them $90,311 on average.

Which NBA fans paid the most per 3-pointer?

With regards to the fans’ perspective, based on the average price of a ticket and home game statistics during the 2021 season, the research also revealed the cost of a 3-pointer for the fans at the game (assuming all home games were attended):

Rank Team Cost of a 3-pointer Cost of a point Cost of a Win
1 LA Lakers  $8.02  $4.21  $923
2 Golden State Warriors  $6.69  $4.05  $606
3 Brooklyn Nets  $4.58  $2.19  $496
4 LA Clippers  $4.39  $2.43  $438
5 New York Knicks  $4.19  $2.46  $629
6 San Antonio Spurs  $3.35  $1.56  $454
7 Toronto Raptors  $3.21  $1.61  $306
8 Houston Rockets  $2.87  $1.69  $704
9 Philadelphia 76ers  $2.81  $1.36  $256
10 Chicago Bulls  $2.75  $1.16  $202
11 Boston Celtics  $2.69  $1.39  $226
12 Oklahoma City Thunder  $2.44  $1.31  $468
13 Denver Nuggets  $2.34  $1.34  $275
14 Miami Heat  $2.23  $1.35  $212
15 Milwaukee Bucks  $2.05  $1.14  $200
16 New Orleans Pelicans  $1.85  $0.94  $227
17 Sacramento Kings  $1.79  $0.97  $274
18 Utah Jazz  $1.73  $1.00  $165
19 Washington Wizards  $1.67  $0.82  $180
20 Orlando Magic  $1.64  $0.83  $297
21 Dallas Mavericks  $1.57  $1.02  $156
22 Atlanta Hawks  $1.56  $0.92  $162
23 Portland Trail Blazers  $1.51  $0.95  $248
24 Indiana Pacers  $1.49  $0.82  $241
25 Detroit Pistons  $1.40  $0.66  $218
26 Phoenix Suns  $1.38  $0.74  $109
27 Memphis Grizzlies  $1.31  $0.62  $100
28 Cleveland Cavaliers  $1.15  $0.67  $118
29 Charlotte Hornets  $0.92  $0.56  $119
30 Minnesota Timberwolves  $0.78  $0.51  $91

Lakers fans paid by far the most amount of money per 3-pointer, possibly down to their extraordinarily high home game ticket prices, with their fans having to pay $8.02 per 3-pointer at the Crypto.com Arena.

The Minnesota Timberwolves gave their fans the best value for money per 3-pointer, with fans at the Target Center having to pay just $0.78 per 3-pointer thanks to their great 3-point shot return and below average ticket prices.

If you’d like to find out more about these rankings or on the rankings for the NFL, please visit: https://bookmakers.com/news/nfls-most-expensive-touchdowns

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