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If you don’t score you can’t win. Shooting is the most important aspect of the game of basketball. It’s easy – the team who scores more wins. Thankfully, over the many years of the NBA which has been around since 1946, we have witnessed many excellent shooters come and go and observed just how important shooting has become – from mid-range to way beyond the arc.

Players like Steph Curry and Steve Nash have changed the way in which the game is played. We have never seen the likes of Steph Curry before who has revolutionized the way in which buckets are scored – which has resulted in winning three NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors.

Other great shooters include the legendary Ray Allen who finished his career as a two-time NBA Champion, ‘clutching up’ at times when he was needed such as in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

There is nothing more impressive than witnessing a difficult shot ‘swish’ through the net and result in a basket being scored. In this article, we have compiled a list of the 15 greatest shooters in NBA history.

 

15. Chris Mullin

Having spent most of his career playing in the with the Golden State Warriors, Mullin finished his time in the NBA with a field goal percentage of over 50%.

In 986 games, Chris managed to become a five-time All-Star and played alongside many notable figures such as NBA legend Tim Hardaway and fellow ‘Run TMC’ member Mitch Redmond.

Mullin also won an Olympic Gold Medal when he featured with Team USA’s 1992 ‘Dream Team’ playing with other members of the squad such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Even though Chris struggled with injury during his tenure in the league, after his 16 season playing career came to an end in 2001 Mullin was inducted into the NBA’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 3.7

Two-point field goals made per game: 6.0

Three-point field goals made per game: 0.8

Free-Throw percentage: 86.5%

Two-point field goal percentage: 53.3%

Three-point field goal percentage: 38.4%

Field goal percentage: 50.9%

Points per game: 18.2 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 4x All-NBA Teams, 5x All-Star

 

14. JJ Redick

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Since being drafted from Duke in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Redick has established himself as a fine shooter within the league.

During his 14-year career, Redick has played alongside talented players such as Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Blake Griffin. This has helped to develop Redick as a player and transform him into the veteran he is today.

Now Redick finds himself on the New Orleans Pelicans roster and faces his newest challenge where he hopes to mentor the young Pelicans squad made up of players such as Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram towards becoming a serious title contender in the very near future.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 2.2

Two-point field goals made per game: 2.3

Three-point field goals made per game: 2.1

Free-Throw percentage: 89.1%

Two-point field goal percentage: 48.2%

Three-point field goal percentage: 41.6%

Field goal percentage: 44.8%

Points per game: 13.0 PPG

Career Accolades: 14-years’ experience in the NBA

 

13. Kyle Korver

Korver was selected late in the second round of the 2003 Draft by the New Jersey Nets with the 51st overall pick of the Draft.

However, this late pick wasn’t going to stop Korver from being recognized as a fine shooter in the league. During a span of 16 years, Kyle has managed to average a career 3-Point percentage of 42.9%.

The one-time All-Star will always be respected for his hot-hand behind the arc as the 39-year-old continues to play in the NBA, currently as part of the Milwaukee Bucks roster alongside NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 1.1

Two-point field goals made per game: 1.3

Three-point field goals made per game: 2.0

Free-Throw percentage: 87.6%

Two-point field goal percentage: 46.4%

Three-point field goal percentage: 42.9%

Field goal percentage: 44.2%

Points per game: 9.7 PPG

Career Accolades: 1x All-Star

 

12. Steve Kerr

After retiring from playing in the NBA back in 2003, Kerr led the Golden State Warriors to 3 NBA titles since 2015.

Back in his days as a player, Kerr was just as successful as his coaching days as he was a 5-time NBA Champion who was a key role player for both the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs during their various Championship runs.

Kerr won the Three-Point Championship in 1997 and was renowned for having a hot-hand from ‘downtown’ during his time in the NBA which earned the respect of many fans and players around the world, such as Kerr’s former teammate – The Great Michael Jordan.

Kerr will always be remembered for ‘that’ clutch shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz to win the Chicago Bulls their 5th NBA title.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 0.7

Two-point field goals made per game: 1.4

Three-point field goals made per game: 0.8

Free-Throw percentage: 86.4%

Two-point field goal percentage: 49.4%

Three-point field goal percentage: 45.4%

Field goal percentage: 47.9%

Points per game: 6.0 PPG

Career Accolades: 5x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion

 

11. Peja Stojakovic

The young Serbian that came into the league in 1999 developed into one of the best international players in NBA history.

During his time in the league, Peja managed to average an impressive 17.0 PPG on a career field goal percentage of 45%. Stojakovic is a former 2x Three-Point contest Champion and played alongside NBA greats such as Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul and Chris Webber. To add to his already impressive resume, Peja managed to reach the NBA Playoffs 11 times during his playing career.

Stojakovic left the league as NBA Champion along with 3 All-Star appearances to his name. Along with this, Peja will surely be remembered for his fine shooting that helped guide the Dallas Mavericks to a ring back in 2011.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 2.8

Two-point field goals made per game: 3.8

Three-point field goals made per game: 2.2

Free-Throw percentage: 89.5%

Two-point field goal percentage: 48.4%

Three-point field goal percentage: 40.1%

Field goal percentage: 45%

Points per game: 17.0 PPG

Career Accolades: 1x NBA Champion, 1x All-NBA teams, 2x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 3x All-Star

 

10. Dirk Nowitzki

Arguably the best NBA player to ever come from Europe, Nowitzki is a former MVP and Champion as well as a Finals MVP.

The German led Dallas to their first and only NBA Championship back in 2011.

Adored by many fans across the world, Dirk is certainly one of the greatest shooters to ever play. He will be remembered as one of the best power forwards and arguably the best international player of all time.

Nowitzki takes the 10th slot in our list of the NBA’s greatest shooters.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 4.8

Two-point field goals made per game: 6.0

Three-point field goals made per game: 1.3

Free-Throw percentage: 87.9%

Two-point field goal percentage: 49.6%

Three-point field goal percentage: 38.0%

Field goal percentage: 47.1%

Points per game: 20.7 PPG

Career Accolades: 1x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 12x All-NBA Teams, 14x All-Star

 

9. Paul Pierce

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The centerpiece of the 2008 Boston Celtics team that won a Championship against the L.A Lakers, Pierce was a revolutionary player that always displayed a hot hand when it came to shooting the ball.

The ten-time All-Star will be remembered as a Boston Legend having spent most of his career playing in the notorious TD Garden since he entered the league when he was selected 10th overall by the Celtics in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Pierce comes in at ninth on our list of the greatest shooters of all-time.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 5.2

Two-point field goals made per game: 4.9

Three-point field goals made per game: 1.6

Free-Throw percentage: 80.6%

Two-point field goal percentage: 47.8%

Three-point field goal percentage: 36.8%

Field goal percentage: 44.5%

Points per game: 19.7 PPG

Career Accolades: 1x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA Teams, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 10x All-Star

 

8. Steve Nash

One of the greatest point guards of all time, Nash slots in at number 8 on our list of greatest shooters.

The two-time NBA MVP was an excellent player and also one of the only players to join the legendary ’50/40/90 club’ – accomplishing this feat 4 times during his career. Nash unfortunately never won a title with the ‘2000s’ Suns failing to make it to the NBA Finals during Steve’s playing career with the franchise.

Nash was inducted into the NBA’s Hall of Fame in 2018 alongside fellow great shooter – Ray Allen.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 2.5

Two-point field goals made per game: 3.8

Three-point field goals made per game: 1.4

Free-Throw percentage: 90.4%

Two-point field goal percentage: 51.8%

Three-point field goal percentage: 42.8%

Field goal percentage: 49.0%

Points per game: 14.3 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 2x NBA MVP, 7x All-NBA Teams, 8x All-Star

 

7. Kevin Durant

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Durant is one of the finest players of all-time to ever play and he is still just 31 years old.

Already a two-time NBA Champion, former MVP and 10-time All-Star Durant was an influential player when leading the Golden State Warriors to win two NBA titles.

Now, Durant faces a new challenge with the Brooklyn Nets when he returns from injury next season as he hopes to lead the franchise to their first NBA title. With a career field goal percentage of 49.3% and a 38.1% average from behind the arc, this sharpshooter could go down as a strong contender in arguments for the greatest player of all-time, not just as a great shooter if he can regain his superb form next season.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 6.8

Two-point field goals made per game: 7.4

Three-point field goals made per game: 1.8

Free-Throw percentage: 88.3%

Two-point field goal percentage: 53.2%

Three-point field goal percentage: 38.1%

Field goal percentage: 49.3%

Points per game: 27.0 PPG

Career Accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 9x All-NBA Teams, Rookie of the Year, 4x NBA Scoring Champion, 10x All-Star

 

6. Reggie Miller

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Having spent all of his NBA career playing for the Indiana Pacers, Miler was an extremely talented shooting guard who will always be recognized for his shooting abilities.

With a career field goal percentage of 47.1%, Uncle Reg was just as lethal from inside the 3-Point line as he was outside it. One of the only players who was able to put it up to Michael Jordan during his time in the NBA, Miller was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

The 5-time All-Star managed to reach the NBA Finals once in 2000 but unfortunately never got to add a ring to his 18-year career.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 4.5

Two-point field goals made per game: 4.1

Three-point field goals made per game: 1.8

Free-Throw percentage: 88.8%

Two-point field goal percentage: 51.6%

Three-point field goal percentage: 39.5%

Field goal percentage: 47.1%

Points per game: 18.2 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 3x All-NBA Teams, 5x All-Star

 

5. Michael Jordan

Considered by most (myself included) to be the greatest player of all-time, Jordan was a force not to be reckoned with during his time in the NBA.

Jordan finished his career with an average of over 30.1 PPG and had more games with 40 or more points than he had with less than 20 points.

With a field goal percentage of 49.7%, Jordan is one of the finest shooters to grace the league with his talent, despite missing some of his prime years when he took a break from basketball to pursue baseball. Michael Jordan is the best mid-range shooter in NBA history.

MJ’s career really speaks for itself and he will always be regarded as the main part of the Chicago Bulls franchise, even though he retired from professional basketball over 15 years ago.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 6.8

Two-point field goals made per game: 10.8

Three-point field goals made per game: 0.5

Free-Throw percentage: 83.5%

Two-point field goal percentage: 51%

Three-point field goal percentage: 32.7%

Field goal percentage: 49.7%

Points per game: 30.1 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 6x NBA Champion, 6x NBA Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 11x All-NBA Teams, 10x NBA Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year, 9x NBA All-Defensive teams. 14x All-Star

 

4. Larry Bird

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A 3-time MVP, Larry Bird was also crowned an NBA Champion 3 times during his 13-year playing career.

Larry slots in at number four on our list of greatest shooters of all-time. Since being drafted with the 6th overall pick back in 1978, Bird’s time in the league speaks for itself as the 12-time All-Star recorded a Career field goal percentage of 49.6%.

Bird was effective from anywhere on the court and was an integral piece of the Boston Celtics franchise during his 897 games spent playing there and is to be thanked for helping bring 3 rings to Boston during his time there.

Larry Legend was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 and will live on as an NBA legend forever.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 4.4

Two-point field goals made per game: 8.9

Three-point field goals made per game: 0.7

Free-Throw percentage: 88.6%

Two-point field goal percentage: 50.9%

Three-point field goal percentage: 37.6%

Field goal percentage: 49.6%

Points per game: 24.3 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 3x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA MVP, 10x All-NBA Teams, Rookie of the Year, 3x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 12x All-Star

 

3. Klay Thompson

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The second half of the ‘Splash Bros’. Thompson is one of the best shooters and has been a vital part of the Golden State Warriors’ success in recent years.

Thompson currently holds the record for most three-point field goals made in a game with an NBA record 14 3-Pointers made against the Chicago Bulls back in 2018. As well as this, Thompson can add a 2016 NBA Three-Point contest win under his belt and 5 All-Star selections to-date. Thompson is arguably the best catch-and-shoot player of all-time.

Thompson takes the number 3 spot in our rankings due to his extremely impressive shooting abilities.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 1.9

Two-point field goals made per game: 4.4

Three-point field goals made per game: 2.9

Free-Throw percentage: 84.8%

Two-point field goal percentage: 49.1%

Three-point field goal percentage: 41.9%

Field goal percentage: 45.9%

Points per game: 19.5 PPG

Career Accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 2x All-NBA Teams, 1x NBA All-Defensive second team, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 5x All-Star

 

2. Ray Allen

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Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, need we see anymore?

Ray Allen is one of the best shooters to ever grace the basketball court and falls just short of the number 1 spot. Allen was a vital part of ‘that’ 2008 Celtics team that won a Championship.

To add to his impressive resume, Ray also helped the Miami Heat to win their 3rd NBA title in 2013 when he hit a crucial shot that forced the Finals series to go to a Game 7 where Miami ended up being crowned the Champions 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Allen then retired in 2014 and now lives on in the NBA Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2018) where he will be honored by NBA fans around the globe forever.

Free-Throw shots made per game: 3.4

Two-point field goals made per game: 4.3

Three-point field goals made per game: 2.3

Free-Throw percentage: 89.4%

Two-point field goal percentage: 48.5%

Three-point field goal percentage: 40.0%

Field goal percentage: 45.2%

Points per game: 18.9 PPG

Career Accolades: NBA Hall of Fame, 2x NBA Champion, 2x All-NBA Teams, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 10x All-Star

 

1. Steph Curry

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A revolutionary player that has helped change the way today’s game is played in the NBA – Steph Curry takes the number one spot in our rankings.

The two-time MVP is possibly the greatest shooter we will ever witness to play the game of basketball and we are lucky to be living in his era to observe the way he plays the game of basketball.

Curry can drain shots from way beyond the arc and is an opponent’s worst nightmare due to his shooting and playmaking abilities. A 6-time All-Star, the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ rightfully sits atop our list of the greatest shooters in NBA history.

After an injury-ridden 2019-2020 season, can Steph Curry and his impressive shooting abilities help the Golden State Warriors to become title contenders once again next year as Curry guns for his fourth NBA title?

Free-Throw shots made per game: 3.7

Two-point field goals made per game: 4.6

Three-point field goals made per game: 3.6

Free-Throw percentage: 90.6%

Two-point field goal percentage: 51.5%

Three-point field goal percentage: 43.5%

Field goal percentage: 47.6%

Points per game: 23.5 PPG

Career Accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 2x NBA MVP, 6x All-NBA Teams, 1x NBA Scoring Champion, 1x NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, 6x All-Star