The NBA introduced the three-point line for the first time in 1979 and it is not an exaggeration to say that it changed the game forever. Slowly specialists in remote shooting emerged and today there are players capable of sustaining a long career thanks to its effectiveness.
So now we will introduce you to the top 10 3pt shooters in the history of the league:
10. Peja Stojakovic
Peja Stojakovic meets the European player stereotype that is successful in the NBA thanks to its height (2.06 meters) and its ability to throw at a distance. He finished his career making 40% of his three-point attempts. He will be remembered as a consistent player who, in addition, was an important piece in the Sacramento Kings of the last decade.
9. Kyle Korver
The former Atlanta Hawks guard started as a forward, but became an escort where his height and movements on the perimeter are better used. One of the best shooters in the last 15 years, Korver is a distance specialist and adds 1,887 triple converts throughout his career.
8. Jason Terry
A veteran of a thousand battles, Jason Terry still finds space in an NBA squad thanks to his veteran and his efficiency from the line of three points. Precision was never his forte, but still he managed to be among the best distance pitchers in history. Throughout his career he has scored 2,169 three-pointers.
7. Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson is the second best 3pt-shooter of the NBA right now, but he lacks a long way to be included among the best of all time. He holds the record for the most number of triples in the playoffs after scoring 11 in the Western Conference Semifinals last season. His greatness and his brands, however, have gone into the background due to the fact of sharing equipment with Stephen Curry.
6. Dirk Nowitzki
One of the best marksmen in the history of the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is one of the players who has broken the stereotype about European players, white and tall in the NBA. Thanks to its efficiency and a mechanics of shooting that borders on perfection, the icon of the Dallas Mavericks and adds 1,701 triples (15th) throughout his career. It has a couple of years more performing at a high level so it could perfectly reach the Top 10.
5. Mark Price
Mark Price was not only a good 3-point shooter, but he will go down in history as one of the best shooters in the history of the league. He finished his career with close to 50% doubles and almost 40% of triples. As if that were not enough, he won the All-Star Weekend Triples Contest twice.
4. Larry Bird
Unfortunately, the injuries and the wear made Larry Bird not play for a long time in the NBA. The Boston Celtics star was improving his ability to throw at a distance as the years went by. If he had played more time surely than his ranking in the total of triple shots would be higher.
3. Reggie Miller
At the time of his retirement, Reggie Miller was the best three-point pitcher in NBA history. He ended up being overtaken by Ray Allen and surely a couple more players will surpass him in the future, but that will not stain the legacy left by Reggie Miller in the Indiana Pacers and throughout the NBA. He was one of the first to base much of his game on the three-point shot.
2. Stephen Curry
No one can doubt that Stephen Curry is the best three-point shooter in the NBA today, but he still lacks a bit to be the best of all time. The truth is that the current MVP of the league has broken marks relative to the three points in each of the last three seasons and in the last season scored 402 three-point shots. It seems that it is a matter of time for it to be mounted at the top of this list.
1. Ray Allen
Ray Allen is the best triple shooter in history and has both the statistics and the plays that support this election. Not only is he the player with the most three-pointers in history (2,973 and making close to 40% of his attempts) but also his triple in the sixth game of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs was key to the Miami Heat winning the title in the 2013 season. His record will be alive for at least a couple of seasons.