Now considered one of the most important skills an NBA player should possess, three-point shooting has taken over the NBA. While many are still working to perfect the craft, others have already done so to certain degrees. Here are your top three NBA three point shooters:
3. Kyle Korver
Despite his Finals slump, Kyle Korver is still a top 3 shooter in this league. Over the course of his career, Korver has shot over 43% from behind the arc and 88% from the charity stripe. Last season, however, Kyle Korver hit threes at a 45.1% mark and was knocking down over 90% of his free throws. Korver also averaged 10.1 points per game, which although isn’t great, for nearly half of the year, Kyle was on a Cleveland Cavaliers team that didn’t need him to play the same kind of starter role that he was a part of in Atlanta. A tribute to Korver’s unique ability is his 1x all-star appearance which is basically because of his 49% three-point field goal percentage and over 12 points per game scoring. When you can earn an all-star appearance just from one ability that you do so well, you have to be considered one of the best in the league at that ability.
Korver also averaged 10.1 points per game, which although isn’t great, for nearly half of the year, Kyle was on a Cleveland Cavaliers team that didn’t need him to play the same kind of starter role that he was a part of in Atlanta. A tribute to Korver’s unique ability is his 1x all-star appearance which is basically because of his 49% three-point field goal percentage and over 12 points per game scoring. When you can earn an all-star appearance just from one ability that you do so well, you have to be considered one of the best in the league at that ability.
Over the course of his career, Korver has played for six different teams, with his longest and the best stint of his career coming with the Atlanta Hawks. During his time with Atlanta, Korver had begun the teams most energetic player to watch. Although not the greatest of NBA fan bases, when Kyle Korver pulled up for his trademark transition three, the energy in the arena was like no other. With all of that said, Korver’s career is winding down, and he may become less efficient as time goes on. But for now, Kyle Korver is still the third best shooter on the planet.
2. Klay Thompson
When Klay Thompson gets going, there is no creature on this earth that can stop him. This is a man who scored an NBA record, 37 points in a quarter, not to mention his incredible 60 points in less than 30 minutes played. One-half of the best backcourt in the NBA, Thompson is a 3x all-star and 2x NBA champion.
Last season, Klay averaged 22.3 points per game while shooting 41.4% from behind the arc and 85.2% on free throws. Clearly a deadeye shooter, Thompson is also an elite defender who has locked up some the greatest offensive talents in the league. To summarize Thompson’s game in one sentence, I would say he is a “glorified three and d player”. He’s much, much better than you Andre Roberson’s, but at the end of the day, he is still running off screens for catch and shoot opportunities while playing lockdown on the other end of the court.
Over the course of his career, Thomspon has shot nearly 42% from downtown while averaging 2.9 three-point field goals per game. However, the past several seasons, Klay has been averaging well over 3.0 three-point field goals a game. Another advantage for Thompson is that his short NBA career has seen just seven full seasons as at 27 years old, Klay should be getting ready to enter his prime in the coming years. However, due to the overwhelming amount of success he has already seen, it seems crazy to think that he hasn’t even entered the best years of his career. Then again, there is no true way of knowing that you’re in the best years of your career until you’re out of them. With that being said, if we already have seen the best years of Klay’s career, then it was one hell of a peak.
1. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has revolutionized the modern NBA game. A couple years ago, you were being pulled out of the game for taking a 27-foot jumper. Then came Stephen Curry. Curry routinely knocks down 26-30 foot jumpers as they have become a key component of his game. This ability has made it nearly impossible to stop him as he will either knock down a deep three or if you choose to play up, he can just blow past you for an easy layup.
Stephen Curry has not broken the season record for three-pointers once, twice, but three different times. It was just two years ago when Curry broke the record for what can only be assumed the last time for his career, as he hit a stunning 402 three-pointers. This left just a few three-pointer records Steph hadn’t held. One of those was the single game three-point record which at the time he shared with a couple other players. But then, just a few weeks into the season, Stephen Curry hit 13 three-pointers in a fall game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Already 10th on the all-time list for three-pointers made, it is just a matter of time before Steph breaks that record as well.
Last season, Stephen Curry shot 41.1% from downtown and nearly 90% from the free throw line. However, over the course of his career, Curry has shot 43.8% from behind the arc and has averaged 3.3 three-pointers made per game. His revolutionary movement earned him his first all-star appearance, and to a certain extent, his other three all-stars, and his two MVP awards. Stephen Curry’s best season from behind the arc came in 2016, when he averaged over five three-pointers made a game, this also happens to be the season when he became the first player in NBA history to win a unanimous MVP. Coincidence?