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Bucks’ Sikma was first center to become an NBA long-range bomber

Watching centers Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol hoisting up 3-pointers with no hesitation takes me back 30 years.

Who was the first center in the NBA to start letting 3-pointers fly? The Bucks’ Jack Sikma.

In the 1988-89 season, Bucks coach Del Harris gave the 7-foot Sikma the green light. A year earlier, Sikma had proven his shooting tough by leading the NBA in free throw percentage at 92.2%.

Sikma went 7 for 68 behind the arc in his first 11 NBA seasons, then went 82 for 216 (38%) in the 1988-89 season.

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