The 400 3-Pointer Challenge Attempt
2 days ago, /u/Iamabucsfan posed a
question: If you were locked in a gym and had to make 400 3-pointers to get
out, would you survive? A friend of mine (/u/me2123456) decided to put that to
the test by going out to a court and trying it out for himself (he asked me to
post this). This one is for real, unlike a more recent post. In case you
haven't seen the original post, the conditions were:
No food or water until the 400 3-pointers
Only one ball is to be used. You must get
your own rebounds
NBA 3-pointers. No college 3's
If you want to watch his video of the
attempt, here is a link.
A spreadsheet detailing the attempt can be
found here. (Note: c's stand for corner attempts, greens are makes, and the
number is the shot attempt).
Everything from here on out was written by
First 100 attempts
Overall: 33/100 (33%)
Corner Shots: 7/19 (37%)
Normal Shots: 26/81 (32%)
I have practiced and shot many high-school
and college 3 pointers but have never knowingly attempted an NBA 3 before. The
distance of the NBA 3 caused me to calibrate my shooting form by either sinking
lower into my shot or heaving the shot further with my arms.
I had issues with my calve cramps around
50-70 shot attempts into the challenge. I lost feeling in my right foot and
only felt tingling at around this point as well as it seemed my shoe was
cutting off blood flow to my foot (something I never ran into before with these
shoes). I took my shoes off for 5 minutes and resumed and thankfully didn’t
have any more issues but I definitely wasn’t feeling optimistic about fatigue
Overall: 41/100 (41%)
Corner Shots: 15/28 (54%)
Normal Shots: 26/72 (36%)
Total makes: 74
I really started to find a rhythm around
the 100 shot attempt mark. I made 18 of 25 shots for 72% shooting from shot
attempt 101 to shot attempt 126.
N/A. No issues with fatigue. Barely broke a
Overall: 28/100 (28%)
Corner Shots: 4/13 (31%)
Normal Shots: 24/87 (28%)
Total Makes: 102
The hardest part about the challenge was
finding a rhythm. I felt as if all my makes came in sets of 2-3 straight
followed by many misses. Had my longest miss streak in this range with 13
straight demoralizing misses.
Surprisingly, fatigue played little to no
role in my shooting. Most of my misses were actually long not short as would be
expected if fatigue was impacting my shooting.
Overall: 16/28 (57%)
Corner Shots: 0/2 (0%)
Normal Shots: 16/26 (62%)
Total Makes: 118
I had another great shooting streak albeit
diminished due to small sample size.
Total Makes: 150
I went until I made 150 shots. However, the
lighting in the video prevented me from determining my shooting percentage on
the final 32 makes.
Not an issue. I did not feel thirsty or
hungry at this point.
The End... for now
I had initially planned on using my car headlights
to illuminate the court for shooting in the darkness. Unfortunately, the car
headlamps were blinding me as I went up to shoot. I also was having issues seeing
the rim. Finally, the sheer boredom was starting to get to me. I filmed using
my phone and it did not allow me to play music while shooting.
I strongly believe if my life depended on
it I would be able to make 400 shots (even if it involved napping and starting
again in the morning). I was able to make 150 shots in 1 hr and 42 minutes.
Extrapolating outward that would be about 400 shots in 4 ½ hours or more
realistically 5-6 hours.
Surprisingly, fatigue ended up being a
total non-issue. I did not have any muscular pain following after the first 100
shot attempts and the shooting/retrieving the ball was not cardiovascular
difficult. I was not sore the next day.
Corner 3’s were a high-risk high-reward
gamble. They were easier to make but a bad miss on a corner 3 was not ideal.
Overall 19% of the shots I took were from the corners. I primarily shot corner
3's when I desperately needed a bucket to go to end a cold streak or if the
ball happened to roll near the corner.
The Next Challenge
The next challenge I would like to attempt
is the lock yourself in a gym with Kawhi Leonard. I believe given 100
possessions I would be able to score on him multiple times, so if anyone from
the Spurs PR team sees this or if anyone has Kawhi’s number let him know he has
[–]76ersImpBron 20 指標 1 天前
A friend of mine... its you is it OP?
[–]Lakers Bandwagonking_k_7 2414 指標 1 天前*
Thanks for actually providing evidence that
you did it lol.
[–][POR] Andre Millerprezdizzle 164 指標 1 天前
Pretty decent percentage for NBA range
outdoors at high volume.
[–]missladywoman 145 指標 1 天前
I feel like you shoot open three's better
than 90% of people on /r/nba
[–][MIN] Kevin Garnettharrisonsmitheyes 264
指標 1 天前
summary of all these - "it is doable
if you are quite good at shooting..."
putting up ~15% success would be
problematic for me
[–]KnicksPoopAtBuzzardBeach 7 指標 18小時前
But he didn't do it. He made 150 not 400.
He'd be locked in the gym right now unable to get out.
[–]nocapitalletter 39 指標 23小時前
he might have shot 400 shots, but he isnt
close to 400 3s made
[–]Trail Blazers_Quetzalcoatlus_ 675 指標 1 天前
I thought you were going to have to
amputate your foot by shot 300 after reading that first section.
[–][BOS] James Youngwalterdog12 872 指標 1 天前
Bloody hell, god damn OP. You took a
shitpost inspired by a shitpost and made it a reality with actual video proof
and analysis of your attempts as time went on.
Fuckin props to you OP. God damn.
[–]Sunscicadaenthusiat 190 指標 1 天前
He's probably going to meet Kawhi and get
to play with him now. Worth it.
[–]ThunderSoldatJ 48 指標 1 天前
Which is easier, making 400 open shots from
3 or 4 shots while guarded by Kawhi?
[–][LAL] Mitch Kupchakshiny_lustrous_poo
105 指標 1 天前
Ben McLemore would die if he played this