Since the 3-point line's inception at the beginning of the 1979-80 NBA season, many players have tried their luck from the land of plenty. Some have shot the 3-ball well, some have shot the 3-ball poorly, but there is an exclusive club of ‘3-point Marksmen’ who have shot the 3-ball at an exceptional rate. The group I like to call the ‘3-point Marksmen Club’ come under the following criteria:
An NBA player who has made over 1,000, 3-pointers shooting at 40% or higher.
Who makes the club? Let’s find out.
Drafted with the 4th pick of the 1989 NBA draft, by the Miami Heat. Rice was a flat out scorer and could hurt teams from deep. He played for the Heat, Hornets, Lakers, Knicks, Rockets and Clippers.
Career 3-pointers: 1,559 at 40%
Drafted with the 5th pick of the 1996 Draft, by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Allen can be in the discussion as the games greatest ever 3-Point shooter. He played for the Bucks, Sonics, Celtics and Heat.
Career 3-pointers: 2,973 at 40%
Drafted with the 3rd pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, by the Chicago Bulls. Gordon had a well balanced 3-Point stroke. He played for the Bulls, Pistons, Hornets and Magic.
Career 3-pointers: 1,171 at 40.1%
Peja Stojakovic Drafted with the 14th pick of the 1996 Draft, by the Sacramento Kings. Stojakovic was a brilliant 3-point shooter across his career, and it was a key ingredient to him becoming a 3 x All-Star. He played for the Kings, Pacers, Hornets, Raptors and Mavericks.
Career 3-Pointers: 1,760 at 40.1%
Drafted with the 15th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, by the Utah Jazz. Curry had a beautiful looking jump shot. He played for the Jazz, Cavs, Hornets, Bucks and Raptors.
Career 3-pointers: 1,245 at 40.2%
Drafted with the 11th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft, by the Detroit Pistons. Houston was a brilliant catch and shoot player. He played for the Pistons and the Knicks.
Career 3-pointers: 1,305 at 40.2%
Drafted with the 9th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, by the Dallas Mavericks. Ellis was a great 3-point shooter from day dot. He played for the Mavericks, Sonics, Bucks, Spurs, Nuggets and Hornets.
Career 3-pointers: 1,719 at 40.3%
Drafted with the 15th pick of the 1995 NBA Draft, by the Denver Nuggets. Barry was a highly consistent 3-point shooter for a number of NBA teams. He played for the Clippers, Heat, Bulls, Sonics, Spurs and Rockets.
Career 3-pointers: 1,395 at 40.5%
Drafted with the 5th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, by the Orlando Magic. Miller has been a clutch 3-point specialist throughout his career. He has played for the Magic, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Wizards, Heat, Cavs and currently still plays for the Nuggets.
Career 3-pointers: 1,585 at 40.7%
Drafted with the 16th pick of the 1989 NBA Draft, by the Seattle SuperSonics, Barros was an extremely efficient 3-point shooter. He played at 4 teams: Sonics, 76ers, Celtics and Pistons.
Career 3-pointers: 1090, at 41.1%.
Drafted with the 11th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, by the Orlando Magic, Redick came straight into the league known for his 3-point prowess and he hasn’t failed to disappoint. His stocks could still rise as he is a current NBA player. Redick has played for the Magic, Bucks and is currently at the Clippers.
Career 3-pointers: 1150, at 41.5%
Drafted with the 11th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors, Thompson is widely regarded to have a flawless shooting technique. He is still a current player for the Warriors, so his stocks can rise.
Career 3-pointers: 1,155, at 41.6%
Drafted with the 23rd pick of the 1994 NBA Draft, by the Phoenix Suns, Person was an extremely consistent 3-point shooter across his career. Person played for the Suns, Cavs, Grizzlies, Blazers, Hawks, Heat and Nuggets.
Career 3-pointers: 1,150, at 41.8 %
Drafted with the 15th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, by the Phoenix Suns. Nash shot a remarkably high percentage from 3. He played for the Suns, Mavericks, and Lakers.
Career 3-pointers: 1,685 at 42.8%
Drafted with the 51st pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, by the New Jersey Nets. Korver is arguably one of the best ever catch and shoot 3-point specialists. He has played for the Sixers, Jazz, Bulls and currently still plays for the Hawks.
Career 3-pointers: 1,942 at 42.9%
Drafted with the 7th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors. Curry has a 3-point range of the likes that have never been seen before. His stocks may rise as he still currently plays.
Career 3-pointers: 1,713 at 44%
There we have it, the exclusive ‘3-point Marksmen Club’. Now begs the question, if you could pick 3 of these players to have on your NBA team, who would you choose?
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