Three-point shooting is a huge part of the game nowadays. Thus, having consistent and reliable shooters from beyond the arc is an issue all general managers need to address when putting together a team.
Not even the San Antonio Spurs have been able to thrive without consistent three-point shooting lately, as the offense is being way more perimeter oriented nowadays and teams have given up on mid-range jumpers.
Some players have been able to stay in the league for a very long time merely due to their consistent three-point shooting, even if they’re not stars or even starting. Today, we’re going to let you know about the best 3 point shooter on every team.
Atlanta Hawks: Kent Bazemore 13.0 PPG, 39%, 1.7 3PM
Kent Bazemore is not your average 3 and D guard/forward because he doesn’t take that many shots from three-point territory. Still, he’s more than capable of doing so but is yet to explode as a consistent scorer. Moreover, his skill set is going to be quite welcome for the team that trades for him this season.
Brooklyn Nets: Allen Crabbe 13.2 PPG, 37%, 2.7 3PM
Allen Crabbe had a solid year with the Brooklyn Nets and one of the best weapons was 3pts shot. Almost 3 three-pointers per game is a great result and we'll see if he can repeat this in the upcoming season.
Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving 24.0 PPG, 40%, 2.8 3PM
Kyrie Irving is one of the league’s top 3 offensive talents and a guy that can simply put as many points on the scoreboard as he wants. His offensive repertoire is unlimited and one of the most dangerous weapons he has is his three-point shooting, especially when heavily guarded in the clutch.
Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker 22.0 PPG, 38%, 2.9 3PM
Kemba Walker is one of the most underrated players in the league, but actually, he’s always posted very similar numbers to guys of the likes of Kyrie Irving. Obviously, he’s nowhere near half as talented or entertaining as Kyrie, nor he has been able to lead the sluggish Hornets to any kind of success.
Chicago Bulls: Sean Kilpatrick 6.0 PPG, 39%, 2.1 3PM
The fact that the Chicago Bulls’ leader in 3 point percentage is Sean Kilpatrick may give you a hint of how bad this team fared in this regard the prior campaign, but Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine should be way better next season. Kilpatrick’s lone job in this team is to just hog three-pointers, so at least he’s good at it.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyle Korver 9.0 PPG, 43%, 2.2 3PM
Kyle Korver is entering his 15th NBA season and the lone reason why he’s been able to last that much is because of the fact that he’s one of the greatest three-point shooters ever. His defense is finally catching up, but other than his consistent stroke from beyond the arc, he doesn’t offer much upside.
Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki 12.0 PPG, 40%, 1.8 3PM
Dirk Nowitzki is considered to be the greatest shooting big man in the history of the game and for good reason. His sweet stroke, high arc, sweet release and unblockable shots have changed the way the position is played, so the fact that he’s the team’s leader in the three-point shooting should come as no surprise.
Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic 18.5 PPG, 39%, 1.5 3PM
Nikola Jokic is the real deal. He’s got it all, but the defense, although he has the tools to become an average defender, at least. He’s the best passing big man in the league and one of the best we’ve seen, a nightly triple-double threat and a guy that can really spread the floor with his sweet stroke from three-point land.
Detroit Pistons: Reggie Bullock 11.3 PPG, 44%, 2.0 3PM
The Detroit Pistons haven’t had a guy to brag about for years now, well, at least; other than Andre Drummond. Nonetheless, Reggie Bullock has quietly surged as a very steady contributor and even made his way to the starting lineup, mostly because of his three-point shooting expertise, something they’ve lacked for years.
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry 26.0 PPG, 42%, 4.2 3PM
Obviously, the best three-point shooter in the world has to be the best three-point shooter in the best team that has ever seen. There’s never been a shooter like Stephen, and there will never be. He can pull up from half court and connect with great ease thanks to his quick release and high release arc.
Houston Rockets: James Harden 30.4 PPG, 36.7%, 3.7 3PM
Even though Chris Paul had 38% from the downtown, James Harden was the 2nd best three-point shooter in the NBA. With amazing 3.7 three-pointers per game, he really has a great season and it will be very interesting who will score more three-pointers next season between James Harden, Stephen Curry and Eric Gordon.
Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo 23.1 PPG, 37%, 2.1 3PM
Oladipo had the best season in his career and he proves that he can lead Indiana Pacers in the NBA Playoffs. He becomes consistent and reliable three-point shooter, and that’s one of the main reasons why he averaged amazing 23.1 points per game.
Los Angeles Clippers: Tobias Harris 18.0 PPG, 41%, 2.2 3PM
Tobias Harris has to be one of the most underrated players in the world right now. He can do a little bit of everything. He drives and scores inside, is a good jump shooter, a willing passer and even an above the average wing stopper, not to mention a very good shooter from downtown, although he doesn’t take many shots.
Los Angeles Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 13.4 PPG, 38%, 2.1 3PM
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the best shooter for the Los Angeles Lakers last season and he is probably the best shooter on their roster. Maybe Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram can beat him and improve their 3pts shot.
Memphis Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons 7.0 PPG, 42%, 1.4 3PM
One of the many reasons why the Memphis Grizzlies offered Chandler Parsons that huge contract is the fact that he was quite a solid and reliable scorer from beyond the arc, or at least he had been throughout his career. Still, shooting 42% is pretty good even though he’s been pretty much horrible over injury-plagued tenure at Memphis. Mic
Miami Heat: Wayne Ellington 11.2 PPG, 39%, 2.9 3PM
Truth to be told, the Miami Heat don’t have good three-point shooters at all, other than Wayne Ellington and Goran Dragic. But, Wayne is a very good shooter and last season he had 2.9 three-pointers per game. Pretty good for someone who played only 26 minutes per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns 21.3 PPG, 42%, 1.5 3PM
The Minnesota Timberwolves have landed a true gem in Karl-Anthony Towns. He can rebound, block shots, score, pass and do pretty much everything except from defending in the post. He was pretty close to joining the 50-40-90 club this prior campaign, and should only get better as years go by.
Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton 13.0 PPG, 35.9%, 1.8 3PM
The Milwaukee Bucks have relied more in driving and attacking the basket rather than spacing the floor, so there’s no surprise that their best three-point shooter just hits on 1.8 a game. Still, Middleton has made great strides as an off-ball shooter, so he should only get better with time.
New Orleans Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore 12.5 PPG, 42%, 1.6 3PM
E’Twaun Moore has always been extremely underrated, mostly because being as undersized as he is, he’s always been a huge defensive liability and has struggled to post up against bigger players. Still, he’s always found ways to contribute and has always been a very consistent scorer from three-point land.
New York Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. 17.5 PPG, 31%, 2.3 3PM
Tim Hardaway Jr. is the best shooter for the New York Knicks, no doubt, even with Porzingis on their roster. With 17.5 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game, Hardaway had a solid season and he will have enough opportunities to have the best season in his career.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Paul George 22.0 PPG, 40%, 3.1 3PM
Paul George was the best addition the Oklahoma City Thunder could think of following the Kevin Durant era. He’s a great defender with a great feel for creating turnovers, a consistent scorer from everywhere on the court and one of the best three-point shooters in the entire Association, and a perfect complement for Russell Westbrook.
Orlando Magic: Evan Fournier 18.0 PPG, 37%, 2.2 3PM
Evan Fournier has never been much of a defender, but he’s a crafty offensive player that can find several ways of creating his own shot and sending the rock to the bottom of the nets. One of his deadliest weapons is his off-ball shooting, especially from three-point territory, where he’s always thrived.
Philadelphia 76ers: J.J. Redick 17.0 PPG, 42%, 2.8 3PM
J.J Redick has really improved as a switchable defender and a screener, but the true reason why he’s been able to find such success in the Association has been his consistent shooting. He’s a great off-ball shooter from everywhere on the floor, can create his own shot and obviously, is lights out from beyond the arc.
Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker 24.9 PPG, 38%, 2.7 3PM
Devin Booker is already a stud and a star, and the fact that he hasn’t made it to an All-Star game merely relies on his team pretty much sucking. Booker has a vast offensive repertoire and can consistently score from all three levels, and he’s about to lead the league in scoring any time soon for sure.
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard 26.9 PPG, 36.1%, 3.1 3PM
This is very easy. Lillard is amongst the top 5 best three-point shooter in the league and with CJ McCollum they are the 2nd best three-point backcourt in the NBA. I expect that Lillard will average more than 3.5 3PM this season.
San Antonio Spurs: Marco Belinelli 12.0 PPG, 38%, 2.0 3PM
Marco Belinelli has already had a pretty successful stint with the San Antonio Spurs, and the main reason why Gregg Popovich reached out to him to have him back on board is because he desperately craves three-point shooters, especially now that they swapped Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard for DeMar DeRozan.
Sacramento Kings: Buddy Hield 13.0 PPG, 43%, 2.2 3PM
Buddy Hield was supposed to become something of the likes of the second coming of James Harden, but he’s mightily struggled to establish himself as a consistent scorer in this league or even become a starter for such a bad team like the Sacramento Kings. Nevertheless, at least he's found his shooting stroke from three-point land.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry 16.2 PPG, 39%, 3.1 3PM
You may say a lot of bad things about Kyle Lowry. Yes, he tends to disappear in the clutch and in the playoffs, yes, his basketball IQ could improve, but he’s one of the most consistent three-point scorers in the league. Next to DeRozan, he was the perfect complement, considering DeMar’s lack of three-point shot.
Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles 13.0 PPG, 44%, 2.5 3PM
Joe Ingles was amazing last season from the downtown and the Jazz were one of the biggest surprise in the NBA. Ingles had 2.5 3PM per game and we'll see if he can repeat this streak in the upcoming season.
Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal 22.6 PPG, 37%, 2.4 3PM
Bradley Beal is one of the best three-point shooters in the Association, and the main reason why the Washington Wizards haven’t broken up their backcourt is exactly because of that. Next to Wall and his ability as a driver, he gets a lot of wide open shots from three-point land, although they haven’t been able to translate that into playoff success.