Three-point shooting has become a pivotal part of modern basketball, up to the point where teams have pretty much given up on the long twos and would much rather take a couple of steps back to light it up from deep.
Spacing has been a major issue for modern offenses as well right now. Every team wants to play small, every big man needs to develop a consistent stroke from deep in order to thrive in the league.
Obviously, that has opened up the door for sharpshooters to dominate the game and we’re seeing more and greater three-point shooters as years go by. Today, we’re going to let you know about the best three-point shooters in the history of the game.
Tier 5: Jason Kidd, JJ Redick, Joe Johnson, JR Smith, Chauncey Billups, LeBron James, Dale Ellis, Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, Rashard Lewis
Tier 5 includes some of the first consistent three-point shooters in the history of the game. Guys that put the three-point shot in the map like Dale Ellis, Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis, Joe Johnson, and even Jason Kidd.
Also, we find players of the likes of JJ Redick and JR Smith, who are valuable mostly because of his ability to knock down those kinds of shots. As for Lillard, James, and Anthony, they’re not the most consistent, but they’ve scored a bunch load of baskets from beyond the arc.
Tier 4: Jason Terry, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, James Harden, Steve Nash
Tier 4 features some players that could be listed way above if it wasn’t for the fact that they didn’t rely so much on the three-pointer as they could, like Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, and Paul Pierce.
Steve Nash was one of the most efficient shooters ever, and James Harden is making great strides as a volume shooter from downtown. As for Crawford and Terry, they’d be ranked higher if it wasn’t for the fact that they’ve spent most of their careers coming off the bench.
Tier 3: Kyle Korver, Peja Stojakovic, Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr, Dirk Nowitzki
Tier 3 features a couple of players that were able to make it to the league and stay there solely based on their ability to consistently knock down three-pointers, like Kyle Korver and, of course, Steve Kerr.
Also, we find two unicorns like Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant, who made a living out of the three despite being big men, and Peja Stojakovic, who took the league for assault with his ability to shoots light out from deep.
Tier 2: Klay Thompson, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Larry Bird
Tier 2 brings us the two players that were considered the best three-point shooters ever before Stephen Curry came around: Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen, the first couple of guys that relied on the three to make most of their damage.
Next, to them, Larry Bird’s sweet shooting stroke also found his way up here, with Klay Thompson joining him with arguably the smoothest and purest shot ever. If it wasn’t for Curry, any one of these guys could be considered the best ever.
Tier 1: Stephen Curry
And obviously, Stephen Curry has to be on a tier of his own, as there’s never been another player capable of shooting so efficiently from long range on such a high volume, and he’s considered the best ever in that regard.
Throughout his career, Curry has already nailed 2483 threes and he’s on pace to take down Allen and Miller on that list. He’s a career 43% shooter from three and scores 3.6 per games on over 8 attempts a night.