One of the truest statements about NBA basketball is this:
You live by the three, you die by the three.
With that in mind, these five gunners are shooting their teams toward a slow death. The list of the NBA’s five worst three-point shooters this season is a mixture of superstars and role players, and some names may surprise you.
Players need to make at least 55 three-point field goals to qualify for the NBA’s league leaders. Since the NBA season is half over, the players on this list have made at least 28 three-pointers this year, putting them on pace to officially qualify for the dubious crown of NBA’s Worst Three-Point Shooter.
Halfway through the 2012-2013 season, Monta Ellis is the NBA’s worst three-point shooter.
With a career 19.4 PPG average, Ellis is one of the league’s most explosive scorers. But when it comes to three-point shooting, he's going down in flames this year. This should not be too surprising, however, considering Monta shot 23.1 percent from downtown in 2007-2008.
Despite his struggles from deep, Ellis is jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game.
During last year’s Linsanity craze, Jeremy Lin hit 32 percent of his three-point attempts. His signature moment last season came from beyond the arc in a dramatic game-winner against the Toronto Raptors.
Now, as a member of the Houston Rockets, Jeremy Lin’s three-point shooting has declined to just 27.9 percent, giving him the second-worst percentage in the league.
Green returned to the NBA last year after spending two seasons out of the league. In 31 productive games with the New Jersey Nets, he caught most of the league by surprise while hitting 39.1 percent (43 of 110) of his three-point attempts.
This year as a key reserve with the Indiana Pacers, he isn't surprising anyone, and as a result his three-point shooting has tumbled to 28.4 percent.
Surrounded by lethal sharpshooters like Matt Bonner (46.3 percent), Patrick Mills (40.6 percent), and Danny Green (39 percent), Stephen Jackson’s 29 percent stands out like a sore thumb in San Antonio.
While Shannon Brown is putting up career highs in minutes (27.2), points (12.3), assists (2.3), and steals (1.2), he is also shooting a career low 29.1 percent from beyond the arc. Brown has historically been a decent three-point shooter, hitting 33.5 percent of his career attempts and 36.2 percent last year.
But Brown has struggled shooting this season and rounds out the list of the five worst three-point shooters halfway through the 2012-2013 season.