NBA Draft 2011: Klay Thompson and 5 Best 3-Point Shooters in the Draft

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 21, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Klay Thompson and 5 Best 3-Point Shooters in the Draft

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots over Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the second half during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March
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    A good three-point shooter is always in high demand in the NBA. Whether he is coming off the bench or a mainstay in the starting rotation, the three-point shooter will always have an NBA uniform to wear.

    There are a few prospects in the draft this year whom fans could be seeing fill up the hoop from three-point range for many years to come.

    Without further ado, here are the five best three-point shooters in this year's draft.

5. Brandon Knight, University of Kentucky

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    If last March’s NCAA Tournament was any proof, Brandon Knight has the knack for hitting clutch three-point shots.

    Knight hit five three-pointers in Kentucky’s victory over North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

    In his freshman season at the University of Kentucky, Knight shot 37 percent from behind the arc.

4. Justin Harper, University of Richmond

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    In his senior season with the Richmond Spiders, Justin Harper shot 44 percent from three-point range.

    In addition, he averaged 17 points a contest and shot 53 percent overall from the field.

3. Jon Diebler, Ohio State University

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    Jon Diebler shot 50 percent from behind the arc last season, en route to leading the Big Ten Conference in three-point percentage.

    Diebler ranked fourth overall in the nation in three-point percentage.

2. Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young University

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    Jimmer Fredette scored a nation-best 28 points a game last season, in addition to shooting 39 percent from three-point range.

    Although Fredette’s overall game is being questioned heading into the draft, no one can question his outstanding shooting ability.

    If Fredette ends up lasting in the NBA, it will likely be due to his shooting stroke, reminiscent of J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver.

1. Klay Thompson, Washington State University

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    Klay Thompson’s draft stock has been rising recently, due to his three-point shooting.

    Thompson is drawing comparisons to Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.

    As a junior at Washington State, Thompson averaged 21 points a game and shot 39 percent from three-point range.

     

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