There are many great three-point shooters in the NBA, so coming up with five of the best was difficult. After hours of sorting through players, here are the top five in my eyes.
The number one spot was easy; Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter of all-time. For his career, he has shot 43% from beyond the arc and 402 threes in the 2015-16 season, breaking his record he set in the prior year 286. Curry is unique; he can shoot off the dribble and come off screens and light it up. Curry made 688 threes combined in 2015 and 2016. By the time Curry retires, he should have all the three-point shot records.
Ray Allen is the NBA all-time leader in three-pointers made with 2,973; he is a career 40% shooter from behind the arc. In his 19-year career, Allen shot 40% or better from three in eight seasons. We all know about the big-time three Allen hit in the NBA Finals in game six to force overtime. The Heat won that game and took the series in seven games over the San Antonio Spurs. Allen made the all-star game ten times and won the Three-Point Shootout in 2001.
Reggie Miller was a 39% three-point shooter from three-point land. When he retired, he was the NBA’s all-time leader in three’s made with 2,560. The shooting guard is one of the best clutch shooters to ever play in the NBA. Miller’s performance against the New York Knicks in the 1995 playoffs was legendary; the sharpshooter scored eight points in nine seconds. The three-point shooter also hit a walk three Miller had a weird release on his jumper, but it worked for him just fine.
Larry Bird did not make or take as many threes as the three players above. But in the 1980s, three-point shots were not as crucial as they were in the 1990s and now. He shot 37% from three-point land; Bird made 649 three’s on 1,727 attempts. Bird did win three straight three-point contest from 1986 through 1988. If Bird were to take more threes, he would easily be in the number two spot.
Now at the five spot, is a player that people hardly talk about in best shooter conversations. Dale Ellis was lethal from beyond the arc. He played 17 seasons and shot 40.3% from three-point land. Ellis won the three-point contest in 1989. In his prime, Ellis was quick and had a high release, so it was hard to block his shot. Ellis probably was the best pure shooter in the 80s. Check out some of his highlights on YouTube and you will see why he is one of the best three-point shooters ever.
Everybody will have their own top five; it all depends on who you like. But this is a pretty solid list. All of these guys can shoot the basketball at a high clip. Over the next few years, a player like Klay Thompson can get in the top five if he can come back healthy. Some people will have him in their top five already, and there is nothing wrong with that.