An NBA "sharpshooter" has a very precise role in the NBA: shoot and hit three-pointers.
A low risk, high reward acquisition, a top sharpshooter routinely earns about $4 - $6 million a year to meet exacting qualifications:
- Will shoot at least 160 three-pointers a year over a 82 game season (i.e., around two a game)
- Will hit better than 38 percent of three-point attempts.
- Will shoot at least 40 percent overall from the field (the "you must be able to diversify your shooting past three-pointers" clause).
- Will hit at least 80 percent free throws
Some sharpshooters offer a little something extra with their expertise and are therefore more expensive.
Should teams covet these extra skills at two or three million dollars more a year, or go for a more limited skill-set at a lower cost?
Both options are available in the upcoming 2012 free-agent market.