Shooting is one of the most important abilities a modern basketball player needs to master, as the skill to pull up or catch and shoot is key in this up tempo fast paced offensive systems most coaches implement in their teams nowadays.
More often than not, star players get most of the attention from scouting reports, as they’re the ones that take all of the highlights and force defenders into double and even triple team and help defense.
Nonetheless, some key role players have mastered the art of shooting, and even though they don’t have the same kind of volume All-Star and top-tier scorers do on offense, they’re still extremely productive and consistent from all over the floor.
Today, we’re going to let you know about some of the 10 most underrated shooters in the league.
10. Shabazz Napier
Shabazz Napier is the prime example why LeBron James may not be the best executive when he retires, as he was highly praised by King James during his time at UConn but has struggled to become a consistent NBA Player.
Nonetheless, he’s always been a fierce scorer and he’s proven to be an extremely reliable shooter from distance for the Portland Trail Blazers on limited minutes, connecting on 41% from his attempts from deep.
9. Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet has quietly become one of the most productive role players in the Association, and one of the main reasons why the Toronto Raptors have been able to keep leads when their starters are taking a rest.
VanVleet is an average playmaker and defender, but is a walking bucket and a very neat shooter from beyond the arc as well, something the Raptors have lacked throughout the year, netting almost 41.5% of his shots from three.
8. Al Horford
Al Horford is known for his great passing skills, versatile defense and ability to guard all the way to the perimeter, but one of the most underrated parts of his skill set is his shooting and ability to stretch the floor.
Horford has surprised us with two key stats this season: the fact that he’s the team leader in assists, and the fact that he has the 5th best shooting percentage from deep this season, scoring on 43.4% of his attempts.
7. Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood has made a living out of making a lot of buckets in a whole variety of ways, but he’s known more for his athleticism and speed other than his shooting, but that’s one of the main reasons why he was dealt to the Cavs.
Hood is going to provide a much needed boost from deep to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he can get hot from deep on a heartbeat with amazing 44.5% from the downtown and he’s not the kind of guy that’s going to hesitate to pull up from distance as soon as he finds space.
6. Tobias Harris
The fact that Tobias Harris has already played for several teams despite being an outstanding player on such a short position like the Small Forward is very surprising, as he’s more than capable of filling up the stat sheet.
Harris can score, defend, rebound and even block the occasional shot or two, but one of his best features is his shooting, netting almost 40% of his shots from three-point territory (that’s better than Chris Paul, for instance).
5. Joe Harris
Joe Harris is an extremely underrated player overall just because he didn’t have the chance to truly develop at Cleveland with the Cavaliers entering win-now mode following LeBron James’ homecoming.
Truth to be told, this combo guard is a very crafty playmaker and scorer, and even though his defense is never going to be elite, his 41% shooting from three-point land can definitely grant him a spot on any team’s rotation.
4. E’Twaun Moore
E’Twaun Moore’s game was peaking the prior year with the New Orleans Pelicans, but he just lost a lot of touches on offense with Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins arriving to the team, something that made him regress a bit.
Still, he’s one of the league leaders in three-point percentage at 43.1%, better numbers than players like Paul George, CJ McCollum, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, although with much less volume obviously.
3. George Hill
George Hill is known for being a very good playmaker and one of the best defensive point guards in the league, but his shooting has been top-notch ever since the past campaign when he peaked with the Utah Jazz.
Hill is the perfect fit for what the Cavs needed: A 3 and D specialist that can also run the team’s offense, and his 44.9% shooting from three-point territory ranks 4th in the list this season. No wonder why LeBron’s so happy.
2. Reggie Bullock
Reggie Bullock has taken a major step forward this season with Avery Bradley’s injury and Tobias Harris’ departure, forcing Van Gundy’s hand to play him a lot of minutes on a nightly basis for the new look Pistons.
Gladly, he’s known how to pay that confidence with great performances and several career highs, including a 45.3% shooting from three-point land, third in the league among qualified players.
1. Joe Ingles
If you take a quick look at Joe Ingles, you wouldn’t believe he’s an NBA player, but he’s been one of the main reasons why the Utah Jazz is currently one of the hottest teams in the NBA following a 10 game winning streak.
Ingles is slow and unathletic, but he’s a hell of a shooter from all over the floor, and he’s currently leading the league in 3 point shooting percentage with an outstanding 45.7%, taking over 310 three-pointers up to date.