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These are the 10 best shooters in the NBA today

In today’s NBA, having a player who can shoot the three isn’t just nice to have, it’s a requirement at nearly every position. In an era where it’s not unusual for a player to hit eight threes in a game, four point plays are no longer a rare occurrence and teams are setting franchise records for threes made multiple times a season, shooting from distance is a part of every successful offensive system.

These NBA’s Best Shooters

With nearly every player in the league not shy about pulling a three, efficacy from behind the line becomes crucial to your team’s success. in other words, shooting the three is one thing, but making it against top competition every night is another. When it comes to the NBA’s best shooters, these players are the league’s best.

Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry is not just the best shooter in the NBA playing in the league today, he is the greatest shooter of all time. Having him lead off this list makes sense no matter the time, place. The point guard is the only player in the history of the league to surpass 400 threes in one season and have over 3,000 three-pointers in their career.

On top of all that, Curry is also part of the highly-exclusive 50-40-90 club – which is the pinnacle of shooting efficiency. And Steph isn’t slowing down this season. As of the beginning of December, Curry has a 43.9% three-point percentage and a 90.8% free throw success rate (an NBA record).

Curry’s consistent dominance has kept Golden State afloat this year after winning his fourth NBA championship with the franchise last season. As of the 4th of December, Golden State are +700 in the online betting to defend their title in the current campaign.

The two-time NBA MVP was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. Curry’s best season in the league thus far came in 2015-16 when he converted 402 three-pointers in the regular season – a record that he’s on pace to break again this season.

Klay Thompson

While he isn’t having the best season, five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson is arguably one of the five best shooters of all time. He holds the record for the most three-pointers made in a game when he netted 14 three-pointers against the Chicago Bulls in a 149-124 victory for the Golden State Warriors in October 2018. Thompson teams with Curry as the Splash Brothers as the faces of the four-time NBA champion Warriors. The 2016 Three-Point Contest champion has many more years still ahead of him in the NBA and he could be set for more records in the league before he retires.

Kevin Durant

There’s no arguing that the 2014 NBA MVP is one of the best players in the history of the game. The 34-year-old has led the league in scoring on four occasions. Now with the Brooklyn Nets where he continues to shoot with impressive accuracy. What makes Durant one of the most-dangerous offensive weapons to ever play the game is ability to use his 7-foot frame to rise up over defenders for one of his deadly midrange jumpers. It doesn’t matter the defender, the angle or distance, Durant frequently finds the bottom of the net; doing most of his damage from mid-range at a high efficacy rate.

Desmond Bane

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Desmond Bane has only played two full seasons in the NBA, but it is clear from those campaigns that he was becoming one of the best shooters in the league. That all was but confirmed this season. Before getting injured, Bane boasted an impressive 45.1% three-pointer percentage, scored an NBA career-high 38 points against the Brooklyn Nets in a 134-124 victory, and considering the Memphis Grizzlies are near the top of the Western Conference, his 24.8 points per game would have been an easy selection for the NBA All-Star game this season.

Here’s six other great shooters that you don’t want to see wide open behind the three point line.

  • Trey Murphy III  If you were to create the perfect name for a three point shooter, could there be a better name than Trey Murphy the third? Thankfully he lives up to his name; providing Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram much needed spacing to do their work.
  • Damian Lillard In an alternate universe where Steph Curry didn’t exist, Lillard would get all the accolades for shooting from inside the half court line and for his ability to shoot high volume threes at an exceptional rate. This season, Lillard is hitting 40% of his threes.
  • Anfernee Simons In that same universe where Curry didn’t exist, Simons would team with Lillard to be the multiverse version of the Splash Brothers. The 23 year old is only second to Curry in 3 point field goals made this season while shooting a very respectable 39.3% from distance.
  • Buddy Hield With 103 made threes, Buddy Hield is right behind Simons in terms of total makes. Buddy has over one hundred threes made this season joining Curry, Simons and Malik Beasley as the only three NBA players in triple digits.
  • Donovan Mitchell Mitchell is severely underrated in leading the Cavs to the top of the Eastern Conference. The 6-1 shooting guard is as likely to attack the basket for a thunderous dunk as he is to step back and hit a tough three. On that, Donovan has shot 226 three and hit 97 of them. Good for 42.9% from distance.
  • Bojan Bogdanović When Bogdanović sets his feet you can all but but add three points to the Detroit Pistons score. There’s only three players that have hit more threes than Bojan while shooting above 40% from three.

Being a great shooter doesn’t just mean shooting three-point shots and (hopefully) making them, but is inclusive of free throw shooting and midrange jumpers. For example, of the top ten players we listed as the best shooters in today’s game, eight of them are in the top 20 when it comes to free throw percentage.

Honorable mention goes to Tyrese Haliburton, Bones Hyland, Tyler Herro, and Jordan Poole.

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