Why is the US lagging in 3-point percentage?
Tyler Cowen reports (via ESPN) that so far, the US basketball team has the worst 3-point percentage of any team in the Olympics.
He asks: "can you build a simple model showing this is likely the case for the best team?"
The comments are pretty high quality. The best comments, IMO, are the ones that don't try to answer the question, but try to figure out if there might be other reasons. My two favorites:
-- the shorter international 3-point line (compared to the NBA) means the US players can't use their muscle memory, and have to think about the shots.
Both of these are testable: the first by waiting a few more games; the second (as a commenter points out) by seeing if the European NBA players are hitting more threes.
But I don't know much about basketball. What do you guys think?