NBA Free Agents 2011: Top Sharpshooters Available on the Market

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: Top Sharpshooters Available on the Market

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    There are an abundance of NBA teams looking for help on the perimeter as free agency is set to get underway.

    The ability to hit the long range jumper is something that is not to be undervalued, as game outcomes are often determined from beyond the arc. This year's free-agency class doesn't boast any heralded superstars, but there is no shortage of potential impact players.

    For teams in the market for a savvy perimeter shooter, there are a few diamonds in the rough to be had.

Jamal Crawford

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    Jamal Crawford is not only one of the best sharpshooters on the open market, but in the league.

    Crawford has shot 35 percent from beyond the arc for his career, and while there are players who boast a higher percentage, his ability to get hot from back there can be matched by none.

    A nasty crossover helps Crawford create his own shots. He has a quick release and needs very little room to get a shot off. His jump-shooting tendencies, while at times erratic, allow him to put up points in bunches.

    Teams in need of some deadly instant offense on the perimeter need look no further than Crawford.

Arron Afflalo

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    Debates will continue to ensue as to whether or not Arron Afflalo is underrated, and regardless of the outcome, his ability to consistently knock down the perimeter jumper will remain vastly understated.

    Afflalo shot over 42 percent from beyond the arc last season and has been at his best with a hand in his face.

    While Afflalo does many other things well, he is as deadly a spot-up shooter as they come. If given the green light to fire at will, he could score a lot of points for any number of teams.

    That picture-perfect shooting form of his is bound to draw a ton of league-wide interest. 

Michael Redd

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    Michael Redd's career has been hampered by injuries as of late, but his performance over the past two seasons is not a reflection of the type of perimeter player he really is.

    Even after consecutive seasons in which he rarely played, and produced even less, he has still knocked down more than 38 percent of his three-point attempts on his career. When healthy, he is one of the most accurate shooters the game as ever seen.

    For a team that is in need of strictly perimeter offense, Redd should be a viable option as he may be poised to catch fire after being riddled by injuries these past few years. 

Jason Richardson

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    Jason Richardson may not be a skilled defender, and he doesn't fly through the air with as much frequency as he used to, but man can he shoot the ball.

    Richardson shot nearly 40 percent from downtown last season and is at 37.5 percent for his career. He has an incredibly quick release and can knock down shots whether he has a hand in his face or he is wide-open.

    The 30-year-old shooting guard provides instant offense on a consistent basis. Most of his production comes from the perimeter nowadays, but that should be perfectly okay for teams in need of a long-range gun.

    Richardson's perimeter game has become as deadly as it used to be when he went airborne.

Peja Stojakovic

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    Peja Stojakovic may have a lot of miles on those 34-year-old legs of his, but he remains one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the game.

    Stojakovic knocked down nearly 42 percent of his three-point attempts last season, and has hit over 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc for his career. He is adept at shooting over coverage and thrives off transition threes.

    While the small forward is nowhere near the offensive powerhouse he once was, his ability to hit from long range hasn't fallen off at all. Given the opportunity, he will put up points from the perimeter in bunches.

    Teams in need of a crafty and lethal outside shooter owe it to themselves to give Stojakovic some serious consideration.

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