Those teams immediately scrounge through the available free agents in search of role players who can help their team throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. Guys like James Posey, Robert Horry and Peja Stojakovic come to mind as terrific shooters who have helped teams win championships with their clutch shooting.
Before we take a look at the top 15 shooters in this 2011 free agent class, let me lay out the ground rules:
1) The article title says shooter. It means, literally, shooter. Not scorer. Specifically, I am using shooter as defined by a player's ability to hit the three-ball.
(Goodbye, Vakeaton "Von" Wafer.)
2) This article isn't about 15 good shooters who also happen to be fantastic at everything else. If they are fantastic at everything else, teams wouldn't be just "considering" them, would they?
(Nice try Jamal Crawford, Caron Butler, J.R. Smith, Shane Battier, Jason Richardson, Michael Redd, Mickael Pietrus and Leandro Barbosa.)
3) This article isn't including shooters who may or may not be dead.
(We are talking to you Mike Bibby and Josh Howard.)
4) This article is only discussing players who are unrestricted free agents. Because of the complexities during a lockout, restricted free agents are going to have an extremely tough time going anywhere this offseason.
(Maybe next year—Arron Afflalo, Reggie Williams, Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers, Marco Belinelli, Daequan Cook and Marcus Thornton.)
5) Lastly, this article is not including players who are expected to re-sign with their current teams.
Sorry, that took way too long. Without further ado, your top 15 free-agent shooters.
***I used this ESPN page as my FA guide***