Scot Pollard: Great Three-Point Shooter and Honorary Freakonomist

Last week I posed what I thought would be a very hard question asking which player Roy Williams called the best 3-point shooter he had ever coached. I even did some Google searches to make sure that the answer wasn’t out there.

I suppose I should have assumed that something that gets announced over the loudspeakers at a Celtics game won’t stay quiet forever. Between the time I wrote the quiz (right after the game) and when it was posted (noon of the next day), the answer had spread all over the Internet. So it is only grudgingly that we give Keith from Cleveland his Freakonomics schwag for being the first to give the right answer.

Who is this remarkable shooter? Current Celtic Scot Pollard. He is the only player that Williams ever coached who made every single 3-point shot he attempted: he was 1 for 1 in his college career from behind the line. Unfortunately, he has hit something of a drought when it comes to 3-point shooting as a pro: he is 0 for 2 in his 11-year professional career on 3-pointers.

We recently got the chance to meet Pollard. He couldn’t have been nicer, and he knew Freakonomics inside and out.


Whay is it disappointing when one of your blog followers knows the answer to an obscure question?

It's a numbers game. Odds are the more people who tune in, the more likely a correct answer will come quickly.

Ask any sports-related question on and you will probably get several correct answers within minutes.

Inversely, even with a tiny population of readers, there is a chance that at least one person will know the answer to an abscure question. If he is tuned in at the time the question is posted, so be it.

You simply happened to ask the wrong question at the wrong time if your goal was to ask a question that would take a long time to answer.

Keith from Cleveland

For what it's worth, I used to live in Boston, and a friend of mine who still lives there was at the C's game and called me Sunday to tell me about the statement in question because of Pollard's affiliation with my Cavs in 2007.

I'm assuming my not needing to Google the answer is precisely why I was first, so perhaps the contest did work? Though perhaps not, because no matter what the reason for my knowledge, I was not guessing, and neither were the Googlers, hence you didn't get nearly the number of "real" guesses you should have gotten.

So I can see where you may have felt the contest was ruined, because had this not been broadcast over the loudspeakers at TDB Garden, I'd venture to say that nobody would have guessed Pollard. (Sorry, Scot--we still love your hair and your attitude!)

In the final analysis, if you feel it's a tainted victory, by all means withhold the swag and have a double-the-swag sports/economics contest!



Rock Chalk Jayhawk!


I'm also a Scot Pollard fan from the days when he had a samurai hairstyle with the Sacramento Kings. If you really want to get the NBA intellectual crowd onto the "freakonomics" bandwagon, you need to recruit the Big Aristotle!


Of course, Scot Pollard's most impressive accomplishment was definitely telling kids to do drugs on live TV.

Rich Wilson

You mean it wasn't Dan Loriaux?


I originally thought it would have been someone who never attempted a 3-point shot, a case that would also logically meet the "made every single 3-point shot he attempted" criterion. For a poor 3-point shooter, that would be the best decision. In Scot's case, it's more likely that he got lucky than made a good decision, so perhaps he's being praised for poor judgment because of an unlikely outcome. When the monkeys at typewriters finally do write Shakespeare, do they deserve a Pulitzer?

Keith in Cleveland

So...what does a chap have to do to obtain his begrudged schwag? Is the schwag really just a lie? I can envision a scenario in which withholding the schwag is really just a sociological experiment to see what a person might do to get it?