Is It a Fallacy to Believe in the Hot Hand in the NBA Three-Point Contest?
IGIER Working Paper No. 548
42 Pages Posted: 30 May 2015 Last revised: 29 Nov 2021
Date Written: September 19, 2019
The NBA Three-Point Contest has been considered an ideal setting to study the hot hand, as it showcases the elite professional shooters that hot hand beliefs are typically directed towards, but in an environment that eliminates many of the confounds present in game action. We collect 34 years of NBA Three-Point Contest television broadcast data (1986-2020), apply a statistical approach that improves on those of previous studies, and find considerable evidence of hot hand shooting in and across individuals. Our results support fans' and experts' widely held belief in the hot hand among NBA shooters.
Keywords: Hot Hand Fallacy, Hot Hand Effect
JEL Classification: C12, C14, C93, D03
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