10 Landmark Firsts in the History of Basketball
The ABA was the first professional league to implement the 3-point line in 1967. The Indiana Pacers’ Jerry Harkness was the first to make a 3-point shot. Nobody was used to the 3-point shot at the time, with many even calling it a gimmick, so there was no play set up for the historic shot. Instead, Harkness simply heaved it at the Dallas Chaparalls’ basket from 96 feet off an inbound pass in the final seconds of the game with his team down by 2 points. Many of the 2500 in attendance thought he only took the game to overtime when he actually got the win.
The NBA wouldn’t implement the 3-point line until Magic Johnson’s rookie season in 1979, with FIBA following suit in 1984.