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Greatest Shooters of the 3-Point Era

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For years basketball purists have lamented the death of the jump shot. Believing the game has been taken over by highlight plays and losing its fundamental aspects. To their satisfaction the NBA game has been steadily turning into a perimeter game, with a premium put on shooting.

Then the Golden State Warriors broke it wide open last season. Winning the NBA Championship last season, proving you could win it all while relying on jump shooting. The league has been gradually moving to more of an outside approach. The Warriors success has caused this trend to grow even faster.

During this current season, the 3-pointers have been shot at a breakneck pace. Led by Steph Curry and Golden State. Curry has had what some consider the best regular season performance of all time.

The current trend and success of jump shooting teams has made people wonder who was the greatest shooter of all time. The current shift to jump shooting has been fueled by analytics and the current success (the Warriors championship didn’t hurt) it has produced.

This list has combined analytics and the players ability to perform in the clutch, to come up with the best shooters in NBA history. We use the formula of Total Shot Percentage (TS%) to help see who the most efficient shooters in NBA history were. We also include the players penchant for making their shots when the game is on the line.

(True Shooting Percentage; the formula is PTS / (2 * TSA). True shooting percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws. True Shooting Attempts; the formula is FGA + 0.44 * FTA.)

Note: All statistics are courtesy of basketball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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About Vince Corcoran

Vincent played four varsity sports in high school instilling in him a respect for all sports and the athletes who play them. Vince was born and lived in his youth, overseas giving him a well rounded knowledge of many world wide sports. If you made him choose he would say that his biggest love would be college basketball but he is knowledgeable and maintains an interest in a variety sports.

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  1. nwimls.com

    June 18, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Ernie Vandeweghe, nephew to a four-time All-Star from the same era, Mel Hutchins, and a disciple of the late offensive guru Pete Newell, Kiki has a deep and abiding respect for the history of the game.

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