Yes, I know all the arguments for Steph Curry.
First unanimous MVP. Holds the top-four spots for most three's made in a season. Has limitless range. There are a lot of intangibles that make him a sharpshooter, and a very good one. But there are other things that go into being one of the best shooters ever. Like longevity. Steph Curry is a really small player with a history of ankle problems and I think it is only a matter of time before they start flaring back up. He is without a doubt a 2x MVP. He can do amazing things with the ball. It is sometimes shocking that he shoots it and that it goes in.
One thing that all the players below have in common is a great shooting form. That is what keeps you around and relevant. Gives you the abilities to stay a great shooter and too only get better. Players on this list were able to continue to shoot with such a flawless form it is what kept them in the league and kept them good. I do not Steph's shooting form is very crisp, it definitely won't have the staying power it needs for him to go down as the greatest shooter in the history of the league. People forget that Steph has only been a really good shooter in the last 3 years.
Here is a list of people who could shoot the lights out on Steph.
14 Klay Thompson
One of the best catch and shoot player still in the game.
I contest that he is a much better shooter than Steph. Sure, Steph has some handles and deep range, but without that how good is he really? Steph usually needs to dance around for a while before he can get his shot off. Klay Thompson has a superior shooting form, which will help him last a little longer in the league. As a pure shooter, Klay is superior to Steph in every way. Let's remember that Klay beat out Steph in the 3-point shooting contest. Only shooting behind Steph, because of his ridiculous range. Shooting fewer attempts, Klay is only 1% behind Steph, showing if they shot similarly, Klay would be way ahead of it all. I will remind you of the threat he could be where he scored 37 in a quarter in 2015. Or when he shot a career high, 60 points, in three-quarters. He could have at least beat Kobe’s numbers had Steve Kerr let him play the fourth quarter. Hopefully, when his contract is up he will move on to another team and show that he is the great shooter and leader that I know he is.
Klay Thompson will finish his career as a better shooter than Steph Curry.
13 Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller is one of the best shooters in NBA history.
A lot of people get so lost in the talking that he did, which he excelled at, they forget he could actually play. The feud that he had with Spike Lee and the famous choking symbol that he made is his direction will go down in history as one of the greatest player-fan feuds in NBA history. Although he does have a slightly lower field goal percentage than Steph, Steph shoots a lot more than Reggie did. And you could always count on Reggie in clutch time. If you remember, back in the 2016 Finals Game 7, Steph had a shot to put them up, tie it up, and bring it within one point (twice). He missed all those shots. Reggie famously scored 13 points to beat the Knicks in the last 30 seconds and send his team to the finals. His shot wasn’t pure but he was able to do it basically while in a boxing ring.
Reggie Miller could shoot Steph out of the gym.
12 Dirk Nowitzki
The German with the Fade-away-J.
He basically perfected how to do this shot and continued to polish it off during his career. Between his nature basketball instincts and his ability to be humble enough to be developed by his shooting coach. He was humble enough to take those lessons and apply them so he could become great. You always know with Dirk if he gets into that spot, even in his old age, that you are going to be scored on. Dragging the Mavs to two finals appearances, winning one of them in 2011. He jumps shot, and free threw his team to championship glory. His funky-one-leg-turn-around is just what has made him one of the most proficient shooters throughout NBA history.
Dirk Nowitzki’s shooting coach made him one of the scariest players to face in the NBA.
11 Steve Nash
The Canadian had a better shot than you may remember.
We remember him as the guy who passed the ball like we have never seen before. Because of his amazing passing highlights, we forget about his ability to shoot the ball cleanly. Shooting a higher field goal percentage than Steph in his career, and Steph has yet to hit the back half of his career where his small size and abnormal shooting form will fail him. Given that we have to remember that Steve Nash hold the record for highest free throw percentage in his career, which is definitely a tribute to his shooting ability. Let’s remember that he is a 4-time member of the 50-40-90 club. That’s mighty impressive.
Steve Nash was one of the best assisters in history, his amazing shooting was overlooked.
10 Chauncey Billups
Most known for his time in Detriot where he won a championship.
Most undoubtedly going to the Hall of Fame. He was a very proficient shooter during his time. He dragged the Pistons along will Ben Wallace to that championship too. He shot a very good percentage during that time, but also over his career. His shot form was so pure and easy to watch. Anybody who watched him plays could tell that he was one of the greatest to put the ball through the hoop. Not only one of the greatest shooter, but one of the best scorers during his time.
Chauncey Billups’s shooting by itself leads the Detroit Pistons to Championship gold.
9 Kyle Korver
Mr. Catch-n-shoot himself.
Kyle Korver holds the record for highest three-point percentage in a single season at 53.6%. He is fifth all-time in 3-pointers made and has shot 43% in his career from three. He has made a career out of doing this and only this. Dedicating his time to specific training for this long before others showed this level of dedication to the shot. He held the record for longest streak of making at least one three-pointer in a game with 127 games. He shoots a very high effective field goal in his career as well.
Kyle Korver is still an excellent shooter in the league and will be a handful of trouble for the Warriors if they make the mistake of leaving him open.
8 9.Peja Stojakovic
You could always find him waiting on the perimeter to hit down that three.
One of the reasons the Kings of the early 2000s were so much fun to watch. He shot a career average on 40% from the field, was great in the clutch, and won the 3-point competition back to back. In practice, he would routinely make 30-40 three-pointers in a row. He is one of three players to average 40% from the field and 90% from the line. He should definitely go down in history as one of the greatest because of the fact alone. None-the-less, he was one of the best shooters. He helped the Mavericks beat the Heat in 2011. He was very important in the run to the finals in his last season
Peja Stojakovic might not have won a championship until the last year in the league, but he definitely shot his way to land on that team.
7 8.Glen Rice
The shooter next to Kobe in the 2000 playoffs.
He is a career 40% shooter from three and was intrigued in the Lakers winning that ring. He shot 42% from the field during that run and hitting and average of three three-pointer's a game. He will always go down in as one of the best shooters in the history of the league. He was a three-point champion and in 1997 lead the league in three-point percentage. Throughout his career, whatever team he was on, he was always a noted threat from deep that had to be kept on watch at all times. Rice could knock them down on a consistent basis throughout this time.
Glen Rice is a better shooter than Steph Curry.
6 Paul Pierce
When asked if he called bank, he can be memorably quoted as saying, “I called GAME.”
Never strictly remember as a pure shooter. Yet his is fourth all-time in three-pointers made. He has also hit some very memorable clutch shots throughout his long, now retired, career. He is going to be a Hall-of-Famer and should be remembered not his time in Brooklyn, Washington, or his two years in Los Angeles. Rather the years he was able to ball out in Boston. Always a knockdown shooter. Always their go-to guy. He won the three-point shoot-out. Pierce could simply shoot and knows how to nail those three pointers.
Paul Pierce just retired and will have his number retired by the Boston Celtics.
5 Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has one of the prettiest shooting forms of all time.
It is smooth as butter. That form by itself will make him go down as one of the greatest to ever shoot it and it will just get better as he gets older. Even in the end of his career, he will still be able to knock it down at a consistent clip. Right now he is shooting at 49% rate from the field. In the playoffs this year he is shooting 55% from the field, while Steph is shooting only 50%. He is a four-time scoring champion and is also a member of the 40-50-90 club. Which is no easy task in its own right, so that should tell you something about KD's shooting ability.
Kevin Durant is currently shooting Steph under the table while being his running mate.
4 Steve Kerr
His shooting made him afive5-time champion as a player.
He won 3 with the Bulls and 2 with the Spurs as a player. He was part of the greatest team of all time. The Bulls who won 72 games and won the championship. It was his shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA finals in the last second that he took a pass from the G.O.A.T. and hit the game-winning shot. It was also his pass in the 1998 championship to the G.O.A.T. that led to them winning that game. He then went to the Spurs where his shooting, alongside David Robinson and Tim Duncan, won the 1999 NBA Championship. When he finally retired he held the league record for shooting percentage in a season at 52.4% and career at 45.4%.
Steve Kerr is Steph Curry’s coach and he shoots the ball better than him, especially in the clutch.
3 Mark Price
One of the greatest shooter to ever play, especially since he was drafted I the second round.
On his 12-year career he shot over 90% from the line and 40% from three. He was the second player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club. He also won the three-point contest twice. He also shot a career 47.2% from the field. Such a great shooter and as a remembrance of the domination made the Cleveland Cavaliers in the late '80s early '90s they retired his jersey, 25. He is also a member of the Georgia (for his college play), Ohio (for his professional career), and Oklahoma (his home state) sports hall of fame. That’s how great of a shooter and difference maker his was on the court.
Mark Price is an underrated shooter, and better than Steph.
2 Larry Bird
His name is Larry Legend for a reason.
He is a three-time three-point contest champion for a reason. As a matter of fact, he won the first 3 times that it was ever in existence. It is also known that before he won the 3rd time, he went into the opponent’s locker room and asked who was expecting to come in second place. Then, of course, went out and won it in pretty convincing fashion. He is the first shooter to ever be in the 50-40-90 club. And he made it in that club twice. He is without a doubt one of the greatest to ever do it. One of the most memorable, most clutch moments in his career occurred during Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference finals. The 76ers lead the whole way, and in the last minute, Bird hit a fast-break, mid-range, pull-up, bank shot, all with his left hand that put his team up. They won the game then he went on to win his first NBA Championship.
Larry Legend is the second best shooter in the history of the NBA.
1 Ray Allen
LeBron’s savior in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
The best shooter in NBA history. He has the best form in NBA history. From the form to the quick release. He shot exactly 40% in his career. He is a deadly knockdown clutch performer. From the 21-year old on a dreadful Bucks team, the 2013 Championship Miami Heat. He is a three-point shootout champion. He holds the record for most three’s attempted and made in the regular season. He also holds the record for most 3’s made during the playoffs in his career and tied with the other people for most attempted in a single game. In the Finals, he holds the record for the most made in a game, half, and in a quarter. In the 08-09 season, he shot 95.2% from the line. He shot 249 shots from the line and made 237 of them.
The best shooter in the history of the league.
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