COMMENTARY | There are few things in basketball that I enjoy more than watching -- and listening to -- a beautifully shot, nothing-but-net 3-point field goal.
I love the textbook form from which it originates: staggered stance, elbow over the knee, follow-through.
I love that swish sound.
And that's why it's been so fun to tune into Utah Jazz basketball games this season.
After shooting just 32.3 percent from behind the arc in 2011-12, the Jazz are connecting on 36.3 percent of their long-ball attempts this year. Plus, with 326 3s, the team is on pace to surpass the franchise record of 439 set in 2009-10.
So how have the Jazz improved their 3-point shooting?
Two words: Randy Foye.
To be honest, I was skeptical about team officials signing him to a one-year deal last offseason. They needed a better shooter, and Foye's past statistics weren't very impressive. In fact, he shot an uninspired 34.6 percent in 2009-10 and 32.7 percent in 2010-11.
This year, however, he's shooting lights out.
The Jazz's new starting two-guard has knocked down 122 triples in 54 games. Only four players (Ryan Anderson, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver) have drained more.
His 3-point shooting percentage of 42.2 is a career high and the 16th-best in the league.
To give you an even better idea of how well No. 8 is shooting, let's compare his numbers to those of past Jazzmen:
Mehmet Okur (2006-07): 129 for 336 -- 38.4 percent
Randy Foye (2012-13): 122 for 289 -- 42.2 percent
C.J. Miles (2010-11): 109 for 339 -- 32.2 percent
Bryon Russel (1996-97): 108 for 264 -- 40.9 percent
Jeff Hornacek (1995-96): 104 for 223 -- 46.6 percent
Kyle Korver (2008-09): 103 for 267 -- 38.6 percent
John Stockton (1994-95): 102 for 227 -- 44.9 percent
I know what you're thinking, and I agree: C.J.Miles launched way too many 3s during that 2010-11 season.
Now back to Foye: As you can see, he's only seven treys from Okur's 129, and he should be able to shatter that team record by the end of the season.
Will that make him the best 3-point shooter in Jazz history?
Eh, not necessarily. He may wind up with the most 3s, but his shooting percentage won't come close to Horny's 46.6 or Korver's uberefficient 53.6 from 2009-10. And he certainly won't hit a 3 as clutch as Stockton's game-winner over Sir Charles and Co. back in 1997.
Either way, Foye has been a solid addition, and depending on how he does after the All-Star break, the Jazz could become more than just a No. 7 or 8 seed.
Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's College of Fine Arts and Communications, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.
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