Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and the NBA's Top Five Pure Shooters

James O'Grady@jimmyogradyContributor IMarch 10, 2011

Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and the NBA's Top Five Pure Shooters

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    Pure shooters in the NBA are vital to any team's success. Every team needs a player who you can rely on to hit that big three in the clutch or nail the tough shot with a hand in their face.

    Some players make up for lack of athletic ability through their shooting prowess, or simply just have a natural jump shot which complements their inside game.

    Either way, who are the league's top five shooters with deadly accuracy?

5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    A born scorer, with a deadly jump shot from outside, adding to his arsenal that defenders have nightmares about.

    His threat to drive and finish at the rim can force defenders to sag off him slightly, giving him room to elevate and release a jumper for two.

    Standing at 6'10" with a huge wingspan, he is almost impossible to block, making him a top five shooting threat in the NBA.

4. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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    Shooting runs in the Curry genes.

    Stephen's father, Dell Curry, was one of the NBA's most deadly shooters in his prime at Charlotte. Stephen, the second year guard out of Davidson, was one of the most prolific scorers in college, and this can be attributed to his deadly outside shooting stroke.

    Curry makes up for his lack of size by having a lightning quick release, helping him avoid potential blocks. Only in his second season in the NBA, look for Curry to improve in his ranking as a shooter in coming years.

3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

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    You'll be hard pressed to find a better seven-footer who can shoot anywhere near as well as this man.

    His shooting arsenal is on par with elite guards in the NBA. His signature fadeaway is arguably the most deadly weapon in the game, and is nearly un-defendable.

    Nowitzki's height gives him an unfair advantage over any defender trying to stop him. Couple his silky smooth jump shot with his length and capacity to block shots, as well as his performance in the clutch, and you have one of the most complete scoring packages in the NBA.

2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Kobe is Kobe.

    It goes without saying that he is one of the best scorers to ever play the game, and will be forever known as one of the best 'clutch' performers in the NBA. Bryant has perfect form in his jump shot, and a fundamentally sound technique, coupled with sublime ability results in the second most deadly shooter in the NBA.

    Kobe can hit shots from almost anywhere on the court, and his signature fadeaway has defenders looking silly.

1. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics

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    Was there ever a doubt?

    Ray Allen is one of the best, if not the best, shooters in NBA history. Recently surpassing Reggie Miller on the all-time three-pointers made list, Ray Allen has shown that the statistics don't lie.

    His jump shot is picture perfect.

    He has made a living out of coming off screens for jump shots that will make you pay if you give him any daylight. Down by three points needing a three to tie the game, I'd put my money on the greatest shooter in the game to get the job done every time.