The NBA’s best, and worst, three point shooters

By Jack Maidment

It’s been said to succeed in the NBA you have to have at least one elite skill. If you are a great defender, say Shane Battier, chances are you’ll stick somewhere. Precognitive rebounder, like Dennis Rodman, you have a great chance of staying in the league.

Similarly, if you can shoot the lights out of any gym you play in a team somewhere is going to want you – putting the ball in the hole is never going to get old, hitting the open jump shot will never go out of fashion.

With that in mind here is a break down of the best, and absolute worst, three point shooters in the NBA this season.

To qualify each player had to have taken at least 30 shots from behind the arc (about three attempts a game, give or take).

Without looking I had three of these guys on the list in my head. The rest were almost total surprises.

The Best:

  1. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics. No surprises here. The man with the most three pointers made in NBA history is officially the best shooter from beyond the arc in the league and it’s not even close. Who knew. Jesus has shot 31-54 from three, good for a suitably majestic .574 from behind the arc.
  2. Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns. The rookie big man has made 16 of 31. He is shooting .516 from three. Anyone who says they had Morris on this list is a liar.
  3. Richard Jefferson, San Antonio Spurs. 36-71. .507
  4. Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors. Right player in the perfect offense. 17-35. .486
  5. James Jones, Miami Heat. The second of my three. Junior is a given. 15-31. .484
  6. Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic. Confusure. I thought Turkoglu stopped playing in 2010? 30-62. .484
  7. Nicolas Batum, Portland Trailblazers. 21-44. .477
  8. Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs. 14-30. .467
  9. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics. Pretty good when two of the top 10 three point shooters in the NBA are on the same team. Even if said team is awful. 18-39. .462
  10. Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers. He was my third. He will take Eddie House’s moniker soon enough. 22-48. .458

The next list is ugly. I checked the stats on the number one guy at least four times because I couldn’t believe you could miss so many threes without the coach fitting you with an electric shock collar. I picked one right.

The Worst:

  1. Raymond Felton, Portland Trailblazers. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. 6-43. .140
  2. John Salmons, Sacramento Kings. I picked him. 8-44. .182
  3. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves. 8-41. .195
  4. Shawne Williams, New Jersey Nets. 7-33. .212
  5. Lamar Odom, Dallas Mavericks 9-42. .214



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