Is Reggie Miller or Ray Allen the Better All-Time NBA Sharpshooter?

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Is Reggie Miller or Ray Allen the Better All-Time NBA Sharpshooter?

In recent years, there are few arguments more spirited than the debate as to whether Reggie Miller or Ray Allen is the best sharpshooter in NBA history.

Because the two are the most prolific three-point marksmen of all time, they will forever be linked in the NBA's record books. Allen and Miller have combined for more than 5,200 three-pointers in their careers, but each took a separate path on their respective roads to basketball immortality.

Allen is a prototypical shooting guard who—due in part to a self-diagnosed case of obsessive compulsive disorder—arrives at the arena three hours before tip-off as part of his pregame ritual. Miller, meanwhile, was a reed thin (6'7", 185 pounds) sniper who personified the word "clutch," most notably during his infamous battles with the New York Knicks nearly 20 years ago.

On the "Hall of Fame Pyramid" in the first edition of The Book of Basketball, ESPN's Bill Simmons ranked Allen (No. 63 overall) and Miller (No. 62) in a virtual dead heat. Fourteen months later, in the revised paperback version of his book, Simmons had a change of heart and switched the order of the two players.

It's clear that the difference between Miller and Allen is razor-thin, but there are facts and figures that tilt the scale ever so slightly in one direction. So, in the wake of Miller's recent induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, let's take a moment to compare two of the best shooting guards in NBA history.

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