The three-point shot is one of the most important tools in modern basketball, as it keeps gaining ground over long and mid-range jumpers that aren’t high percentage shots anywhere and only grant you a couple of points on the scoreboard.
Obviously, that means the league is tending to go smaller and more oriented towards the perimeter, with players having to improve and develop a long-range shot if they want to make it in the Association.
Nonetheless, even with players of the likes of Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving taking the show, we’ve seen some other backcourt or wing players that have made a living out of their athleticism and ability to attack the rim.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 deadliest scorers in the league that just don’t need the three-point shot to help their teams.
5. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons has been by far one of the most exciting rookies the league has seen in a very long while, posting averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists through his first season in the NBA as a point forward
Simmons reminds us of a young LeBron James with less defensive talent, but what makes him more impressive is the fact that he’s taken only 10 3 point attempts over the 47 games he’s played in this year, failing to connect in every single one of them, while recording 52.8% of his 2 pointers.
4. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook can simply score in bunches with his ability to hop, freakish athleticism and speed, but he’s never been a good spot up shooter, nor a catch and shoot kind of guy, and especially not a threat from beyond the arc.
Westbrook’s shooting form is kind of unorthodox, but he’s still been able to win a couple of Scoring Titles, posting career averages of 22.9 points despite his lousy 31.3% from three-point territory.
3. LeBron James
Entering his 15th season in the Association, LeBron James has been one of the deadliest scorers basketball has ever seen since day one, being a one-man fast break that can posterize the biggest guys in the world.
Nonetheless, he’s always struggled to be a good shooter from downtown, although he’s connected hundreds of clutch shots from three. Still, he’s connected in just 34% of his attempts from three. Regardless, he’s averaged 27.1 points for his career.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo never ceases to amaze and even though he already won one Most Improved Player award, it seems like he may just be the frontrunner to win it again every single season.
The Greek Freak’s numbers improve on a yearly basis and he just keeps on working on his overall game, and whenever he finally develops the shooting stroke, he’s going to win the MVP for sure. This season, he’s averaging a sick 28.2 points on 54.6% from the field, but he’s only been able to connect on 29.9% of his shots from three.
1. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan has always tried to copy most of Kobe Bryant’s move and he’s become a wonderful scorer in a huge variety of ways, constantly finding space to shoot over his defender and make the most of his athleticism and craft to finish through contact.
Still, he’s never been a legit threat from three-point land, although he’s shooting 32% on 3.2 attempts per game (career high) from beyond the arc this campaign and he’s put a lot of work into it since the offseason. Furthermore, he’s averaged almost 20 points per game through his career, but with a horrid 28.8% from downtown.