The game of basketball has definitely come a long way since its early stages, as the league’s clearly favoring offense now more than ever, and players without a sweet stroke from distance are becoming kind of obsolete.
Basketball is all about pace and space nowadays, with the game being more and more oriented towards the perimeter as years go by, and teams refusing to shoot from mid-range and settling for layups or three-pointers.
Naturally, big men have been urged to adapt to the modern era, being asked to guard all the way to the perimeter as well as being capable of knocking down shots from deep. Nonetheless, some of them have mightily struggled over the past couple of decades, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 3 point shooters of the last 20 years.
Note: For this article, we’re using players that made at least 1000 3 pointers, but their shooting percentages were still mediocre.
10. Lamar Odom: 31.2%, 2126 3PA – 664 3PM
Lamar Odom was vastly skilled with the rock on his hands. He was able to play both forward spot and even the center, and had a really well developed footwork, as well as a sweet shooting stroke from within mid and close range. Still, he was reckless when trying to become a stretch four, something he obviously was never able to do, shooting roughly .312 from three-point land.
9. Gerald Wallace: 31.2%, 1303 3PA – 407 3PM
Gerald Wallace always used his strength and athleticism to gain and maintain position over his opposition, but he struggled a lot when it came to shooting off the dribble or being an off-ball scorer. Wallace made most of his damage from the elbow, and he wasn’t an offensive factor whatsoever from beyond the three-point land.
8. Russell Westbrook: 31.1%, 2584 3PA – 803 3PM
Russell Westbrook lacks a lot of things, but one of those things isn’t confidence, that’s for sure. Despite never being much of a three-point shooter, the Brodie won’t hesitate to pull up from distance and brick shot after shot, especially when the game is on the line and he has wide open teammates waiting to have a chance to contribute.
7. Antonio Daniels: 31.1%, 1154 3PA - 359 3PM
Antonio Daniels was a terrific role player and a crafty defender, but he was never much of a scorer, having a minor role in the San Antonio Spurs 1999 Championship. Nonetheless, the backup point guard was constantly pulling up from beyond the arc, just to pile up merely 359 three-pointers over a 13 season span.
6. Andrei Kirilenko: 31.0%, 1185 3PA – 367 3PM
Andrei Kirilenko was one of the craftiest scorers in the league during his prime, not to mention one of the smartest players on the court. Coming from overseas, the European standout was a deadly defender and a very strong player that will always impose his physique, but he was never able to find consistency from beyond the arc.
5. Allen Iverson: 30.9%, 2928 3PA – 904 3PM
Allen Iverson is perhaps the most talented dribbler in the history of the NBA and one of the most skilled players this game has ever seen. Truth to be told, he didn’t need much of a three-point shot to become a dominant scorer and put defenders on skates, but you can’t say he didn’t try to become a three-point specialist, something that obviously never happened.
4. Jerry Stackhouse: 30.9%, 2568 3PA – 793 3PM
Jerry Stackhouse was quite a ball dominant scorer and he thrived the most when creating his own opportunities, and that’s something that main explain why he was such a poor off-ball scorer from beyond the arc, as he needed to have the rock on his hands in order to get his offensive rhythm going.
3. DeMar DeRozan: 28.9%, 1126 3PA – 325 3PM
DeMar DeRozan has taken a lot of moves out of Kobe Bryant’s book, and he’s definitely put a lot of work between seasons to become a more complete player in both ends of the hardwood. Nevertheless, he’s got to improve as a 3 point shooter if he wants to thrive as a modern era shooting guard, as his athleticism and mid-range fadeaways aren’t going to do the trick for much longer.
2. Dwyane Wade: 28.7%, 1613 3PA – 463 3PM
Dwyane Wade is perhaps the only shooting guard in modern basketball that truly didn’t need to be a three-point shooter to become a first ballot Hall of Famer and even a scoring champion. His ability to draw fouls and finish through contact, speed, strength, hops and clutchness (as well as his top-notch defense) have made him the greatest player in Heat history, despite being a horrible shooter from distance.
1. Josh Smith: 28.5%, 1578 3PA – 450 3PM
Josh Smith’s ego and stubbornness pretty much caused his career to take a major downfall, as he wouldn’t stop chugging three-pointers despite having a broken shot with no arc whatsoever, being constantly denied or almost shattering the backboards with his ugly bricks. His determination to become a stretch four was one of the main reasons why he struggled so much, and he’s not even a part of any team’s roster anymore.