J.R. Smith Claims to Be One of the Best Shooters Ever, Says Numbers Don't Lie

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

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When people think of the best shooters in NBA history, J.R. Smith's name probably doesn't come up very often. However, he believes that he is on track to be "one of the best shooters the game had ever seen."

Smith took to Instagram to send a message to all of his haters. 

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In case you had a hard time reading it, here's a better look at how Smith captioned the photo: "They said I wouldn't make it! I did! They said I wouldn't stay! This is my 11th yr! They said you can't shoot like that in the league! I'm on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen! Bottom line what yall say don't me sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone."

One of the best shooters ever? That may seem like a stretch, but the guard is using numbers to back up his claim.

He took a screenshot of the list of the NBA's all-time three-point shooters to help support his claim. The 28-year-old ranks 30th in NBA history with 1,312 three-pointers made.

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Smith has made 37.1 percent of his three-point attempts in his career, which puts him 29th out of the top 50 three-point shooters in NBA history. He made 39.4 percent of his three-point attempts last season, which was one of the best percentages of his career.

Smith is certainly on pace to move even higher up the list, so his claim will only look better as he continues to move up.

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