76ers, Hawks Among Teams Practicing with 4-Point Line in Latest NBA Trend

Bleacher Report

It's not uncommon for Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry to pull up from the logo, but he's not the only one around the league trying to stretch the court.

According to ESPN's Malika Andrews, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Atlanta Hawks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks are among the teams that have practiced with some variation of a four-point line.

"We are all thieves," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said, per Andrews. "It is a copycat league. I look at it as a compliment that other people value that."

Atlanta has painted a four-point line five feet behind the three-point line on its practice court. Conveniently, that approach fits right into the style of fifth overall pick Trae Young, who stands 6'2" and 180 pounds.

"I would always try to extend my range farther and farther because I wasn't getting much taller," Young told Andrews. "The farther I shoot, people weren't expecting that."

Through the first 29 games of his career, Young is shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from beyond the arc in his rookie season. But Atlanta's four-point line isn't all about shooting. For Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, today's NBA is all about spreading out the defense.

"Spacing changes the whole game," Lloyd said, per Andrews.

The four-point line has helped create space that might not have otherwise been available. Meanwhile, Young is averaging 7.2 assists this season.

Not every "four-point line" is the same, though. In Milwaukee, Mike Budenholzer has made five boxes out of tape around the arc to help the Bucks with their five-out offense. By having all five players on the perimeter, it opens up the paint.

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