What is a trey in basketball?

3-point shot attempt

In basketball, a trey is an attempt at a three-point shot. Trey gained popularity in the late-2000s, but it is unclear who first began using it for three-pointers. College basketball and NBA announcers often use the term when narrating players' shots from downtown. For example, an announcer may exclaim, "Curry with the trey to tie it!" Or, an announcer may say, "Towns' trey clanks off the rim."


Mitchell has made 4 treys in a row to start the game
That's an impressive statement to all the doubters

Draymond with the trey

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Updated October 27, 2022

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