NBA: 75 Greatest Shooters of the 3-Point Era
The best shooters in NBA history have to have more than just a sweet stroke.
Their production has to be relentless, prolific and downright dynamite when it comes to the efficiency of putting the basketball through the hoop.
Was Ray Allen's passing ahead of Reggie Miller for most three-pointers in league history enough to earn him the top spot on this list?
There's only one way to find out.
Calculations were done by Allen Kim, Ethan Norof and Michael Pinto.
((Two-point field-goal percentage + (three-point field-goal percentage * three-point multiplier) + free throw)) * years played) + clutch reputation bonus = career player shooter value
Formula Breakdown with Values Assigned to Ranges (percentages based on career averages)
Two-Point Field-Goal Percentage
9: .570% - .599%
8: .540% - .569%
7: .510% - .539%
6: .480% - .509%
5: .450% - .479%
4: .420% - .449%
3: .390% - .419%
2: .360% - .389%
1: .359% and lower
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
9: 43% - 44.9%
8: 41% - 42.9%
7: 39% - 40.9%
6: 37% - 38.9%
5: 34% - 36.9%
4: 31% - 33.9%
3: 28% - 30.9%
2: 25% - 27.9%
1: 24.9% and lower
Three-Point Multiplier (average three-pointers made per season)
1.30: 126 - 140.9
1.25: 111 - 125.9
1.20: 96 - 110.9
1.15: 81 - 95.9
1.10: 66 - 80.9
1.05: 51 - 65.9
1.00: 50 or less
5.0: 93.6% - 100%
4.5: 90.1% - 93.5%
4.0: 86.6% - 90%
3.5: 83.1% - 86.5%
3.0: 80.1% - 83%
2.5: 77.1% - 80%
2.0: 74.1% - 77%
1.5: 71.1% - 74%
1.0: 68.1% - 71%
0.5: 68% and lower
Years Played Multiplier
1.3: 14 - 15
1.25: 12 - 13
1.2: 10 - 11
1.15: 8 - 9
1.1: 7 - 8
1.0: 1 - 6
Clutch Reputation Bonus
0: No rep
3: Designated go-to guy
75. Latrell Sprewell
Sprewell is most infamous for refusing an extension because he had a "family to feed," but that doesn't mean that he wasn't a very skilled NBA player.
With the ability to swish it through from almost anywhere on the court, Sprewell was quite prolific as an offensive contributor for several seasons.
74. Jim Jackson
Jimmy Jackson really helped to define the term “swingman,” as he served as the poster boy for exactly that.
Solid from both the perimeter and the foul line, Jackson would be ranked much higher if he had held a more prominent role in the offense.
73. Bruce Bowen
Known mostly for his defensive abilities, Bowen was a player that could contribute on the offensive end as well.
A career 39.3 shooter from behind the arc, Bowen made his living on offense from deep, as that was undoubtedly the best part of his repertoire.
72. Voshon Lenard
Lenard isn’t much remembered for his statistical prowess, but his contributions from deep are certainly nothing to be sneezed at.
His 183 three-pointers in the 1996-97 campaign were legendary for a Heat team that wasn’t expecting quite that much from him.
71. Toni Kukoc
There’s something so sweet about a left-handed jumper that I simply can’t put my finger on, but Kukoc had his down to perfection.
The sharpshooter made a living from the perimeter, and with all of the success that he enjoyed it’s easy to see why he was so dangerous on an already-loaded Bulls team.
70. Terrell Brandon
Brandon really surprised a lot of his opposition on the court considering he stood just 5’11” and checked in at 180 lbs., but there’s no doubting his big-time impact while playing.
Although he wasn’t a major threat from behind the three-point line, Brandon had an excellent mid-range game and really proved to be a solid scorer.
Brandon really excelled from the foul line, as he consistently ranked among the top qualifiers every season that he played.
T68. Kevin Martin
Martin does not receive the props that he should as one of the most talented shooters in the sport, but if he keeps up his superlative efforts, that won’t last for long.
A sniper from behind the three-point line and from the charity stripe, Martin’s efforts are certainly welcomed by the Rockets as he continues to really grow as a player.
T68. Danny Granger
Danny Granger's name should be in the middle of the conversation when speaking about the most talented shooters considering his prowess from the perimeter.
Granger is also an assassin from the foul line, and his ability to swish the rock through the net is a testament to exactly that.
67. Gary Payton
While “The Glove” might gain a lot of notoriety for his defense, he was a very successful piece of the offensive attack as well.
Payton’s ability to do it all on the basketball court is what makes him one of the greatest players to ever join the NBA ranks.
66. Joe Johnson
Johnson is a guy who really likes to chuck up the shots in large quantities, but when you’re as successful as he is, that’s not an issue whatsoever.
He was down in his efforts during the 2010-11 campaign, but much of that can be attributed to a bum thumb that really hampered him throughout the season.
65. Rasheed Wallace
‘Sheed may not have had the touch in his final season with the Celtics, but this big man was an outside sniper for several seasons before that.
He’s got incredible range for someone of his size, and his inside-outside game aided him greatly during his NBA tenure.
64. Chuck Person
Person earned as a reputation as a tough man when he first broke into the league in the late 1980s, but his skills certainly backed up his verbal attack.
Nicknamed “The Rifleman” for his big-time skill set from deep, Person knew how to shoot it from beyond the arc with relative ease.
Although he may not have had as much of an offensive impact as some of his counterparts, his contributions were definitely felt by his teammates.
63. Mo Peterson
Peterson’s name doesn’t come up enough as a deadly sniper from all over the floor, but he’s certainly one skilled shooter.
Whether it’s from deep two-point range or a solid step behind the line, Peterson’s ability to find the bottom of the net is what made him invaluable to his teams.
62. Jason Richardson
J-Rich might not be much from the foul line (71.1 percent), but his attack from the outside leaves opponents waving the white flag.
He’s got eight campaigns of more than 100 threes to his credit, and his ability to get to the rim with relative ease only allows him to further stretch the floor.
61. Jamal Crawford
Crawford is the definition of a volume scorer, and while that might not lead to the prettiest of percentages, that doesn’t mean that he’s not awfully talented.
He’s got eight seasons of more than 100 threes, and his 84.6 clip from the line makes him extraordinarily dangerous if given the chance to cash in at the stripe.
60. Jason Kidd
Kidd may not have the most overwhelming percentages among the players on this list, but he certainly knows how to fill it up from deep.
He ranks right up there with the best of ‘em all in career three-pointers made, and that’s especially impressive considering that he’s known as a pass-first point guard.
59. Trent Tucker
You know Tucker had to be good to be invited to participate in the inaugural three-point shootout back in 1986.
Despite losing in the semifinals to Craig Hodges, Tucker’s sweet outside stroke is exactly what made him so dangerous on the basketball court.
Tucker will be most remembered for getting a last-second shot off from distance with 0.1 seconds left to win the game for the Knicks, as the NBA changed the rule afterward to state that there had to be at least 0.3 seconds remaining in order for a shot to count.
58. Robert Horry
It’s likely that no other player will come close to replicating the efforts of "Big Shot Bob."
Although his percentages certainly weren’t overwhelming, his shots swished through when it most mattered: with the game on the line.
57. Fred Hoiberg
Hoiberg wasn’t as prolific from deep as some of his counterparts, but he certainly knew how to fill it up when his number was called.
With an 85.4 percent mark from the charity stripe, Hoiberg’s quick release and fast fingers were instrumental in his solid approach.
56. Jason Kapono
Kapono might not get a lot of love with the Sixers these days, but his shooting prowess is something that simply cannot be denied.
A career 43.3 percent shooter from behind the three-point arc, there’s a reason that he used to be referred to as automatic when he first came out of UCLA.
55. Raja Bell
Bell is best known as a lock-down defender, but that doesn’t mean that he’s unable to contribute on the offensive end.
Did you know that he’s got a career mark of better than 40 percent from deep? Just imagine if he actually had plays called for him.
54. Michael Redd
Before Redd suffered back-to-back ACL tears on the same knee, he was well on his way toward becoming a perennial All-Star that scored 20-plus per night.
Now, he’ll be looking to prove his health and worth to any interested club, as his career 38.3 percent from downtown and 84 percent from the line could really help a contender that’s ready to take a gamble.
53. Ricky Pierce
Pierce was not an outside shooter by any means, but his two-point game ranks him among the best in the business.
With an incredible 87.5 percent for his career from the charity stripe, Pierce clearly had no problem taking his game to the line and earning what was rightfully his.
52. Ben Gordon
Gordon continues to be misused by the Pistons after signing up in Detroit, and it’s a shame when looking at just how prolific he can be.
He’s had 100 three-pointers or more in every season except for one that he’s played, and his 40.4 clip from deep looks sterling when paired alongside his 85.9 percent from the line.
51. Dan Majerle
One of the most productive three-point shooters of his generation, Majerle, aka “The God of Thunder,” could shoot it from anywhere on the court.
Teams literally had to craft their defensive game plans around Majerle, who stretched the floor for any group of players that were on the court with him.
Majerle had six seasons of 100-plus three-pointers, including two of 190 or more, and his lethal attack has been largely underappreciated since his retirement.
50. Steve Smith
Smitty’s major contributions came from the foul line, where his 84.5 career percentage really separated him from the pack.
He was also armed with a solid mid-range game, which continues to be a lost art in the modern-day version of the game.
49. Vince Carter
Carter might be known as more of an explosive athlete than skilled shooter, but his game extends well outside the paint.
The high-flying slam-dunk artist was much more than that, as evidenced by his eight seasons of 100-plus three-pointers made.
48. Eddie Jones
A lot of people disrespect Jones’ game because his contributions were overshadowed by Kobe Bryant’s arrival, but the shooting guard spot in L.A. was taken care of long before Kobe came around.
After leaving the Lakers, Jones was integral in Miami’s offensive game and enjoyed his most prolific season while in South Beach with the Heat.
47. Sean Elliot
Spending his entire career with the San Antonio Spurs, Elliot proved that he was far more than just a three-point specialist.
With a very respectable 46.5 percent for his career from the field and exactly 80 percent from the line, this was not a guy that the opposition wanted to leave open for an opportunity.
46. Paul Pierce
Pierce’s name might not pop into your head when thinking about big-time shooters, but it certainly should after looking at his numbers.
Pierce has netted 100 or more three-pointers in 11 consecutive seasons, and his 80.5 percent from the charity stripe indicates that he’s unafraid to attack the basket as well.
45. Cuttino Mobley
There’s something that just looks good about a left-handed stroke from beyond the arc, and Mobley had that rhythm down to perfection.
Despite having to prematurely retire because of a medical condition, Mobley had more than 1,000 three-pointers during his career.
44. Jon Barry
The second member of the Barry family to make the list, his 39.2 percent mark from deep and 84.8 clip from the line make it easy to see that he was an offensive threat.
Although he was just over 43 percent from the field for his career, Barry’s attack came mostly from deep as a spot-up shooter.
43. Mike Miller
Miller might be coming off of a down season in his first with Miami, but his talent shouldn’t be overlooked as a result.
The veteran shot a ridiculous 48 percent from deep with the Wizards in 2009-10, and even with an offseason this past year, he still checks in with a career percentage above 40.
42. Craig Hodges
Hodges appeared in the first eight All-Star three-point shootouts, and his yearly participation was necessary for the competition to gain any sort of popularity.
He won the contest three times, and uniquely was able to participate in the 1993 contest despite not signing with an NBA team for that season.
There was a lot to like about his outside attack, and he really knew how to put it in the bottom of the basket.
41. Dennis Scott
Scott’s skills from deep were absolutely ridiculous, and the 267 three-pointers that he hit during the 1995-96 season should serve as an illustration of his skills.
Relying on his perimeter game the majority of the time, Scott made his presence felt even if he distanced himself from the basket regularly.
40. Kiki Vandeweghe
A two-time NBA All-Star, Vandeweghe thoroughly impressed with his solid stroke from the outside at every opportunity he got.
With a career 87.2 percent clip from the line and 36.8 percent from behind the line, Vandeweghe was an assassin from the floor.
While his numbers are hardly surprising, Vandeweghe will continue to fly underneath the radar for most casual fans and some stat junkies.
39. Mitch Richmond
Richmond’s prowess was mighty prolific on the outside, and this sharpshooter was an icon for many in past years.
With a smooth shooting form, Richmond made it look easy when he drained the trey from well beyond the three-point line.
It’s tough to find players who made it look as effortless as he did.
38. Danny Ferry
A solid contributor from the foul line and beyond the arc, Ferry played an integral role as a supporting member of his teams.
He really knew how to make his efforts count from anywhere on the floor, as he did just about anything that his club asked.
37. Kenny Smith
Smith made his living in the mid-range game rather than from deep, but he still registered a very respectable 39.9 percent clip for his career from three-point land.
With a sweet stroke that allowed him to contribute from anywhere on the court, Smith’s shot was typically able to find nothing but net.
36. Detlef Schrempf
Another one of my all-time favorite players growing up, Schrempf is largely underappreciated when it comes to talking about the game’s most successful shooters.
An international icon in the game of basketball, Schrempf took the mid-range game to new heights when he came to the NBA.
A proven scorer during his time with Indiana and Seattle, Schrempf really helped to popularize the game in Germany.
35. Kobe Bryant
Bryant’s career mark of 83.7 percent from the foul line is pretty remarkable when considering how many trips he’s taken over the course of his career.
It would be a mistake to leave him off of a list that discusses the game’s most talented shooters when watching how many game-winners he’s sealed the deal with.
34. Mike Bibby
It’s pretty fascinating to see how distant of a memory Mike Bibby’s NBA success has become, especially because this guy was really, really good.
A phenomenal foul shooter and a more than capable three-point shooter, Bibby’s numbers make it clear as to why he was the former No. 2 overall pick.
33. Michael Finley
Although Finley spent the majority of his time roaming the perimeter, that’s not all he had to offer in his approach.
A sound foul shooter and an absolute killer from mid-range, his ability to produce as a big-time scorer was instrumental in Dallas’ success in the past.
32. Wally Szczerbiak
Wally was just about automatic when it came to three-point shot, compiling a 40.6 percent career mark from behind the line.
With an 86 percent career mark from the foul line to pair it with, it’s clear that Szczerbiak’s offensive abilities were greater than most made them out to be.
31. Byron Scott
Scott led the league in three-point percentage during the 1984-8 campaign, registering a 43.3 percent mark from deep.
Despite never making an All-Star team, Scott’s contributions were integral to the Lakers’ efforts in the 1980s, and his downtown prowess is recognized thoroughly by the team’s fanbase.
A career 37 percent shooter from behind the arc and 83.3 from the charity stripe, Scott’s efforts were pure when he let it fly.
30. Eric Piatkowski
The most dangerous man on the basketball court is typically the open guy on the perimeter, and Pitakowski served in that role far too regularly.
With a 39.9 clip from downtown and 83.9 from the line, it’s no wonder Piatkowski’s services were welcomed, regardless of where he played.
29. Wesley Person
The second member of the Person family to appear on the list, Wesley clearly learned a thing or two from his older brother Chuck.
Leading the league in 1997-98, Person made 192 three-pointers and really put himself on the map with his ability to get it done from deep.
A career 41.8 percent shooter from distance, Person really made his offensive contributions felt when his team needed a boost on the perimeter.
T27. Terry Porter
Porter is most remembered for his outside attack, but he was more than just a three-point specialist, as he is often made out to be.
With a very solid mid-range approach and an even more potent attack from the line, Porter’s game was not limited to just 20-plus-feet out.
T27. Joe Dumars
Joe Dumars has gotten a bad rap recently because of his lackluster performance in the front office, but he was insanely dangerous on the hardwood.
With his ability to hit the jumper from just about anywhere he chose, his attack was as potent as they came during his playing days.
26. Michael Jordan
His Airness may have not been a perimeter killer like some of the other notable names on this list, but just one highlight tape of his mid-range game should explain why he’s ranked so high here.
Jordan made 15- to 20-foot jumpers look easy and, despite the fact that he caught the ball with his back to the basket most of the time, he had no trouble making fadeaway jumpers look routine.
When you have the ability to follow through on such perfect form, it’s not surprising that his shots regularly fell through the bottom of the net.
25. Drazen Petrovic
Petrovic’s career was all too short for someone with such an amazing skill set.
Before he tragically passed away well before he should have, Petrovic had a ridiculous 43.7 mark from deep and an 84.1 clip from the charity stripe to pair with it.
And he was just beginning to really break out.
24. B.J. Armstrong
Armstrong, like Kerr, was a supporting (but integral) member of the Chicago Bulls team.
In the 1992-93 season, Armstrong lit the net ablaze with an incredible 45.3 percent clip from beyond the arc.
He was the first player selected in the expansion draft in 1995, but he never seemed to enjoy the same success that he found in Chicago.
23. Rashard Lewis
Lewis might have lost some of his skill in recent seasons, but there’s no doubting his talent from the outside.
With nine seasons of 100-plus threes under his belt and a 39 percent career clip to back it up, he remains one of the top-tier options for a big man from more than 15 feet away from the rim.
22. Chauncey Billups
Billups is undoubtedly on the downslope of his career, but his prowess as an offensive player should not be left undervalued.
He’s got an impressive 38.9 career clip from behind the line, and an even more outstanding 89.4 mark at the charity stripe, including four consecutive seasons of better than 90 percent.
21. Glen Rice
One of my all-time favorite players, Rice knew how to put on a show from deep in a big way.
Rice won the three-point shootout against Reggie Miller in 1995, and was named MVP of the All-Star Game in 1997, the league’s 50th anniversary.
He remains the all-time leading scorer for the Hornets in franchise history, averaging 23.5 points per game.
T19. Tim Legler
Legler won the three-point shootout in 1996, but his ability to hit it from the outside was known well before that.
With a career accuracy of over 40 percent, it’s pretty clear that Legler wasn’t a guy to be left alone on the perimeter.
Legler joins Steve Kerr and Detlef Schrempf as one of only three players to register a season of over 50 percent from the floor, better than 50 percent from deep and over 80 percent from the foul line.
T19. Larry Bird
Larry Legend might not have the statistical prowess that some of his other counterparts did, but that doesn’t make his accomplishments any less outstanding.
His stroke was as sweet as sugar, and his ability to find the bottom of the net was incomparable to any other player of his time.
If you get “legend” incorporated into your nickname when playing with a historic franchise like Boston, you know you’ve got to be pretty good.
T17. Allan Houston
It continues to baffle me that Allan Houston isn’t viewed as a three-point shooter. He’s one of the most vastly underrated players in recent memory.
With an 86.3 clip from the charity stripe, including three seasons of 90 percent or better, Houston’s stroke followed him everywhere that he went on the floor.
T17. Dirk Nowitzki
Is there a player that has perfected the mid-range game like Nowitzki in the modern-day NBA?
The big man dominates from 12-23 feet away from the rim, and his smooth shot is mind-boggling considering his legitimate seven-foot frame.
A force in his own right, Nowitzki transformed how the power forward position was played throughout the game of basketball.
One of the most influential international talents to ever grace the NBA, Nowitzki’s impact continues to grow by the season as he continues to amaze.
16. Hubert Davis
Although he wasn’t as prolific as some others that came before him, Davis really made it count when it most mattered.
One of the best shooters from deep in terms of accuracy in league history, Davis made a living from beyond the three-point line.
He really knew when to pick his spots, and that allowed him to be a deadly option if left unattended.
15. Hersey Hawkins
When discussing the best shooters of all time, it really amazes me that Hawkins’ name doesn’t enter the conversation with more prevalence.
With career marks of 39.4 percent from deep and 87 percent from the line, Hawkins had the ability to fill it up from everywhere on the floor.
He also registered six seasons of 100-plus threes, so it’s not like his attempts were limited in any way.
14. Jason Terry
The JET proved in the 2011 postseason that there is absolutely no reason he should ever be left unattended on the wing.
He's extremely exciting to watch when he lets it fly from deep, as more often than not, the ball is destined to go down the hole for his club.
13. Chris Mullin
Mullin shot better than 50 percent from the floor, over 38 percent from beyond the three-point line and registered a sky-high 86.5 career percentage from the line.
Now that’s what I call a sniper.
Despite his obvious lack of athleticism, Mullin competed with anyone on the court, often proving himself as the superior talent.
12. Dale Ellis
While Ellis may have called himself the best shooter of all time, he’s just not quite there.
Despite having a deadly perimeter game, Ellis falls a little short of some of his other counterparts.
He made a living from the outside, and as accurate as he was, there were some that shot it even better.
11. Jeff Hornacek
A smooth stroke of his cheek from the foul line never let this sharpshooter down.
Hornacek, who really lit it up from deep, knew how to move without the ball, which allowed him to get open on a continuous basis.
One of the best free-throw shooters of his era, Hornacek also won the three-point competition twice in his career, proving that he was no one-trick pony.
10. Dell Curry
"One Spicy Curry" certainly left a burning sensation in the hearts of his opponents with his incredible offensive attack.
Curry had one of the quickest releases that the league has ever known, and is thought to be one of the best pure shooters to ever play the game.
With a career 40.2 percent clip from downtown, including one season where he shot an insane 47.6 percent, it’s easy to see why he is considered among the elite.
9. Dana Barros
Barros was another player that provided a solid contribution from the foul line, but he also had the skills to live on the perimeter.
He led the NBA in three-point percentage during the 1991-92 season, and registered eight seasons where he shot at least 40 percent from behind the line.
Barros was someone that could never be left unattended on the wing, because you knew that he’d make you pay.
8. Peja Stojakovic
Stojakovic may not be the player that he once was, but there’s no doubting his ability from beyond the arc.
An excellent shooter from both the foul line and from deep, Stojakovic scored 20-plus per night regularly for the Kings early in his career.
After winning a championship ring with Dallas last season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Stojakovic retire as he’s battled health concerns over the last few seasons.
7. Brent Barry
Despite gaining most of his notoriety for his shooting skills, Barry’s insane athleticism led him to win the 1996 Slam Dunk contest and really impress a lot of people.
With solid handles, above-average court vision and a deadly long-range game, Barry was a threat no matter where he stood on the court.
With a 40.5 career clip from deep, it’s easy to see why he’s on this list.
6. Mark Price
Known as one of the best free-throw shooters of all time, Price’s impact on the game is still felt today as he continues to work with NBA players and their shot from the charity stripe.
One of the league’s most consistent shooters, Price won the three-point contest twice, and registered a 50-40-90 season in terms of percentages from the field, from behind the arc and the foul line.
In addition to his skilled shot, Price was a prolific passer and pest on the defensive end as well.
5. Kyle Korver
To call Korver a skilled shooter would be an understatement: this Ashton Kutcher lookalike is the real deal in every facet of the description.
With a career 41.1 percent mark from deep and an extraordinary 88 percent from the foul line, Korver’s offensive potential is through the roof if he finds a consistency to his game.
4B. John Stockton
Stockton was included in the discussion—obviously, as a shooter of his caliber should have been—when crafting this list, but was accidentally omitted when putting the slideshow together.
Clearly, there's nothing accidental about his placement on this list. Stockton's efficiency from the field highlights his incredible skill set on the offensive end, and he really knew how to unleash a potent attack against any and all of his opposition.
4. Steve Kerr
Kerr’s 45.4 percent clip from beyond the arc is tops in NBA history.
Most remembered for being a dangerous option on Jordan’s Bulls, Kerr’s days as a supporting member on the squad were highlighted by his potent outside attack.
He wasn’t a volume shooter like some on this list, but he certainly let 'em fly when it mattered most.
3. Ray Allen
"Jesus Shuttlesworth" has one of the sweetest jumpers that have ever graced the NBA hardwood.
There isn’t a three-pointer Allen doesn’t find to his liking, and his quick release makes it nearly impossible to try and stop him from deep.
Allen is also an assassin from the free-throw line, and his ability to come through when it matters most for his team should never be overlooked.
2. Steve Nash
Nash really doesn’t get the credit that he deserves as one of the best shooters in league history, but that’s because we’ve become so used to his standout play.
The two-time MVP award winner is as dangerous as they come from the foul line, and should never be left by his lonesome from deep.
His attack is extraordinarily well rounded, and there’s no doubting that his ability to fill it up from just about anywhere separates him from the majority of point guards that he’s played against.
1. Reggie Miller
It doesn’t get sweeter than Miller.
Before he was surpassed by Ray Allen for most three-pointers in NBA history, Miller stood alone at the forefront of the pack, and he was remembered by almost everyone for his ability to stroke it from deep.
There probably won’t ever be another player capable of scoring eight points in nine seconds, and his ability to fill it up from beyond the arc likely won’t be replicated either.