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Are The NBA’s Best Shooters On Stephen Curry’s List?

The Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has become the premier three-point threat in the NBA today and the small speedy guard seems to be able to get shots off from anywhere against anyone. So Sports Illustrated asked who his current and historical top 5 NBA shooters were and Curry obliged.

 

 

Curry’s Top Five Shooters Now:
(career three-point field goal percentage, All-time NBA rank)

1) Stephen Curry (44%, 3rd)
2) Klay Thompson (41%, 17th)
3) Kyle Korver (42.5%, 11th)
4) Steve Novak (43.2%, 6th)
5) Ray Allen (40%, 36th)

Not bad for off the top of his head.

The top five shooters who were still playing last season:
(career three-point field goal percentage, All-time NBA rank)

1) Stephen Curry (44%, 3rd)
2) Steve Novak (43.2%, 6th)
3) Anthony Morrow (42.8%, 8th)
4) Steve Nash (42.8%, 9th)
5) Kyle Korver (42.5%, 11th)

Active players with career three-point shooting that are still ahead of Curry’s Splash Brother Thompson include Danny Green (42.1%), Matt Bonner (41.8%) and Jose Calderon (41.1%), but Thompson does have lots of time to push his way up this list.

Curry’s all-time list seems just a little clouded by his age, but its hard to remember all the greats when you weren’t even born yet.

Curry’s Top Five Shooters All-time:
(career three-point field goal percentage, All-time NBA rank)

1) Reggie Miller (39.5%, 47th)
2) Dell Curry (40.1%, 32nd)
3) Stephen Curry (44%, 3rd)
4) Steve Kerr (45.4%, 1st)
5) Ray Allen (40%, 36th)

Who has Curry overlooked?

2) Hubert Ira Davis Jr. (44.1%)

Drafted by the Knicks in 1992 and played for 12 NBA seasons and 5 teams, including the Raptors in 1996-97.

4) Drazen Petrovic (43.7%)

The Hall of Fame player led Yugoslavia to gold medals at the European and World Championships and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. He played in the NBA for Portland and New Jersey before dying in a car accident at 28-years-old.

5) Jason Kapono (43.4%)

Kapono played for 9 NBA seasons with 6 teams. He won an NBA Championship with Miami 2006 and led the league in three-point field goal percentage twice. His skill-set may have been limited, but he could shoot.

7) Tim Legler (43.1%)

Timothy Eugene Legler played for a decade in the NBA during the 1990’s and had the third best three-point shooting season in NBA history at 52.2 percent in 1995-96 playing for the Washington Bullets.

The single season record for three-point shooting percentage is held by Korver (53.6%) and Kerr is second (52.4%).

The younger Curry has a ways to go if he’s to match his Dad’s (Dell) best season of 47.6 percent (24th all-time) as Stephen holds down the 60th and 61st best individual seasons for three-point shooting, but just about everyone is expecting he’ll move up that list before long.

Check out the NBA career leader board for three-point shooting here.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.