Sonics reside beyond the arc

Updated: December 9, 2003, 2:33 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The fact that Peja Stojakovic is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range while attempting more than five a game would be the most important part of this sentence if it weren't for the ending part about the Kings, as a team, shooting 42.3 percent from long range while attempting almost 16 a game.

Make no mistake about it. The Kings, also the highest-scoring team in the league at 104.8 per game, shoot their fair share of 3-pointers. What makes them different is that they make more than their fair share of 3-pointers.

In fact, the next best team in the league is the Seattle Sonics at 38.4 percent shooting from long range.

But the biggest difference there is that the Sonics only want to shoot the 3. In fact, the Sonics attempt a triple every 3.5 shots while the Kings attempt the same every 5.3 shots, which made us wonder which teams in the league depended most upon the 3 in their offensive schemes.