When it comes to shooting from behind the 3-point line, there aren’t too many people who can make a difference. With the act itself requiring a lot of skill, shooting three pointers is no easy task. Add to that the pressure of having a 6-foot plus giant standing in your way, and you have possibly the hardest task on the basketball court. However, these ten people have made that area their own.
Precision, timing and an uncanny knack for hitting clutch shots, these 3-point specialists are one of the most cherished players in the NBA, past & present.
10. The Rifleman
Chuck Person was amongst the top three, in terms of 3-point attempts, 6 times while making the top three list 4 times. He ended up with 1,220 three pointers and while that is just 26th on the all-time list, it was more about his ability to hit clutch shots that counted. A fiery personality, Person never gave in to any player and always came out on top.
09. One Spicy Curry
Dell Curry was one of the quickest shooters in the NBA. He shot at 80%, from behind the arc, for 8 straight seasons. Curry’s three point percentage was in the top three on 7 occasions, leading the charts in 1998-99. Despite being a career-long bench starter, Curry became one of the topmost 3-point specialists in the NBA.
08. The God of Thunder
Dan “Thunder” Majerle was one of the most prolific 3-point shooters of all time. He had the ability to shoot threes from anywhere on the court. Teams were forced to adjust their playing style with Majerle on court. Ranked 16th in the all-time list with 1,360 three pointers to his name, Dan was certainly the most well known player from behind the arc.
While his scoring percentage may have only been 35.8%, everyone knew that if the Phoenix Suns were down by three, and Dan had the ball in his hands, it wouldn’t matter where he was on the court – he would still be a threat.
07. Peja Stojakovic
With 1,571 three pointers to his name, Peja is 5th in the all-time list of three point shooters. He is second in the list when it comes to active players in the NBA. However, it isn’t just the number of three-pointers, it is also the 40.2% shooting success that places him 9th on the active list. However, unlike most high percentage shooters who take fewer shots, Peja has always been at the front, taking over 500 shots per season. He won the NBA All-Star 3-point shootout twice, in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
06. Steve Nash
Two time MVP and one of the best players playing in the NBA, Steve Nash has a 43.2% success rate with three-pointers. While his percentage stands at 5th in the all-time list, he is just second in the current crop. Over the last three seasons, Nash has hit over 40% consistently, a feat yet unmatched in the NBA. His 1,360 three-pointers have him placed at 16th overall, but he is likely to finish in the top ten.
05. Glen Rice
A 40% career shooter from behind the arc, Rice was in the top ten list of “three pointers made”, 6 times; while he was in the list of three point attempts for only four seasons. Rice retired with 1,559 shots made, placing him at 5th in the history of the NBA. He won the NBA All-Star Three Point Contest in 1994-95 and also created an All-Star game record with 24 points in a single quarter.
04. Dale Ellis
He was the first NBA player to reach 1,000 three pointers in a career, and made the top three in “three-pointers made”, a spectacular 11 times. Besides Larry Bird, Ellis became the first player to win the 3-point championship at the NBA All-Star weekend. His tally of 1,719 three pointers stands at 3rd overall, in the NBA all-time list! His 4,266 attempts are 6th in the all-time list.
03. Larry Bird
When talking of three point shooters, not including this man in the list would be blasphemy. In the second edition of the 3-point championships, at the 1986 NBA All Star game, Bird went on to ask as to who would be competing for second place? His confidence in his abilities showed as he won the first three editions of the event, since its inception.
While Bird only hit 649 threes in his career and had a mere 37.6% shooting success rate, it wasn’t his shooting that was phenomenal, it was his ability to make them at the right time. In his first four seasons, Bird shot at a mere 25.7%, hitting just 71 three-pointers. However, the Boston Celtics would win 2 NBA championships in those four years, signifying the importance of his shots. That is probably what makes Larry Bird number three on our list.
02. Ray Allen
When it comes to fluidity of motion and shooting action, there is no better than Ray Allen. He is currently the second highest 3-point scorer in the NBA with 2,299 shots at an incredible 39.8% success rate. Allen holds the record for most 3-pointers made in a single season, with 269. He has held the record of most three pointers in a single season three times, coming in the top 3 on a massive ten occasions. As certain as Allen’s shooting has been, he will take over the number one spot if he continues at his current pace.
01. Reggie Miller
To hear the fans screaming “Reggie, Reggie” is an incredible sight. To see Reggie Miller raise his game every time he heard it was even more incredible. With 2,560 three pointers made at a rate of 39.5%, there is no doubt that Reggie Miller is one of the greatest three-point shooters ever. He hit over 100 three pointers in 15 seasons in a row, an incredible NBA record.
While Reggie had the ability to hit three pointers almost at will, it was his ability to get them when his team needed them the most, was the reason why he has been the topmost player on our list.