NBA's All-time Best Pure Shooters
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1. Larry Bird
In terms of technique or statistical achievement, Bird is not on par with his constituents. For his career, Bird was only a 37 percent shooter from 3-point range and never made more than 98 in one season. His career total of 649 doesn't even crack the NBA's top 100. Heck, J.R. Rider (667), Rodney Rogers (690) and George McCloud (920) made more threes than Bird. However, when the stakes are at its highest and the lights are at its brightest, very few can compare with Bird. Larry Legend saved some of his best shots during the postseason, helping the Celtics win three titles in 1980s. Adding to his legendary legacy, Bird was also unbeatable during All-Star Weekend. He entered the 3-point contest three times and won it three times. One time he didn’t bother to take off his warm-up jacket. That’s Larry Bird for you. He won't wow you with stats or amazing highlight plays, but he is a pure assassin when it's money time.
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Ray Allen is the best pure shooter in NBA history, end of story.
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Ray Allen is the best pure shooter in NBA history, end of story.
Yep he's good but I'd take Reggie any day
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10. Person
9. Curry
8. Majerle
7. Peja
6. Nash
5. Rice
4. Ellis
3. Bird
2. Allen
1. Miller

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I hate Reggie as a person but as a player, wow, best shot I ever watched. When I searched google I found this list and I absolutely agree with all 10
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Ray Allen tops my list.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Dirk has to be up there somewhere.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Byron Scott really in the top-10? I don't think he deserves it, as he didn't have a whole lot of range.

Dan Majerle wasn't a sharpshooter but more of a gunslinger. He doesn't belong anywhere close to the top-10.

One guy that should be on every top-10 list is Drazen Petrovic. His career was cut short by an off-court accident, but he was one of the best pure shooters to ever play the game. I would put Petrovic ahead of Person, Stojakovic, Rice, Ellis, Ainge (he doesn't belong in the top-10), Curry, and many others. The only guys that I would put ahead of Petrovic are Miller, Allen, Bird, and Mullin.

Oh, some guy named Jerry West should be in the top-5.

My top-10:

1. Larry Bird
2. Reggie Miller
3. Jerry West
4. Ray Allen
5. Chris Mullin
6. Drazen Petrovic
7. Dale Ellis
8. Peja Stojakovic
9. Glen Rice
10. Del Curry

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Old 06-12-2011, 12:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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No love for Allan Houston? His jumpshot was textbook... right next to Ray's for prettiest all-time probably.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I saw this list and was sick to my stomach, notice that three of the shooters were on boston, can you say biased? How can you omit Dirk and Nash? (Who I believe is the greatest all around shooter of all time, which would mean pure shooter)

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Dirk has to be up there somewhere.
Why? That's a tough list to crack - although the way he's shooting.....
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Why? That's a tough list to crack - although the way he's shooting.....
How can he not be up there. Every basket he shoots is nothing but the bottom of the net. Talk about muscle memory...
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I think people associate Nash more as a passer than a shooter. He definitely has a great jump shot and is very accurate. But guys like Miller, Allen, Petrovic, Bird, etc. are also extremely deadly shooters, and they make/made their living by getting a high volume of shots with excellent efficiency.

I think Nowitzki has a great shot, but I don't associate him as a "shooter" like the other players. In others, shooters tend to be SGs or SFs - players who come off screens to shoot a J and who live on the perimeter.
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Byron Scott really in the top-10? I don't think he deserves it, as he didn't have a whole lot of range.

Dan Majerle wasn't a sharpshooter but more of a gunslinger. He doesn't belong anywhere close to the top-10.

One guy that should be on every top-10 list is Drazen Petrovic. His career was cut short by an off-court accident, but he was one of the best pure shooters to ever play the game. I would put Petrovic ahead of Person, Stojakovic, Rice, Ellis, Ainge (he doesn't belong in the top-10), Curry, and many others. The only guys that I would put ahead of Petrovic are Miller, Allen, Bird, and Mullin.

Oh, some guy named Jerry West should be in the top-5.

My top-10:

1. Larry Bird
2. Reggie Miller
3. Jerry West
4. Ray Allen
5. Chris Mullin
6. Drazen Petrovic
7. Dale Ellis
8. Peja Stojakovic
9. Glen Rice
10. Del Curry
West, as a top 10 pure shooter? No way to that but Mr Clutch for sure. As for Majerle, beautiful stroke. Drazen didn't do nearly enough to be up there. Mullin is not a top 10 of all time. We are talking pure shooter - I disagree with your list probably for the similar reasons you disagreed with mine.
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I think people associate Nash more as a passer than a shooter. He definitely has a great jump shot and is very accurate. But guys like Miller, Allen, Petrovic, Bird, etc. are also extremely deadly shooters, and they make/made their living by getting a high volume of shots with excellent efficiency.

I think Nowitzki has a great shot, but I don't associate him as a "shooter" like the other players. In others, shooters tend to be SGs or SFs - players who come off screens to shoot a J and who live on the perimeter.
Nash maybe seen as a passer but that's irrelevant. His shot is amazing and that's the point of the list.

I'll give it to Dirk though, an argument can be made for him being in that top 10 with that stupid high release or the one legged fade away. Just hard to drop one of the ten for him.
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West, as a top 10 pure shooter? No way to that but Mr Clutch for sure. As for Majerle, beautiful stroke. Drazen didn't do nearly enough to be up there. Mullin is not a top 10 of all time. We are talking pure shooter - I disagree with your list probably for the similar reasons you disagreed with mine.
Being a pure shooter also means making a high percentage of your shots. Majerle was not a very good shooter in his career. He was a tough player who in his prime took a high volume of shots. He was a gunslinger, but not a great shooter. We're talking pure shooters here, and Majerle doesn't belong on any top-10 list. For his career, Majerle shot 43.1% from the field, 35.8% from 3-point range, and 74.1% from the FT line. A guy with such pedestrian numbers should not be on any top-10 list of pure shooters.

I also find it ironic that you would say that Majerle had a beautiful stroke but totally discount Mullin's shot. He, too, had a great stroke. Actually, he had much better form than Majerle. The other difference is that Mullin actually hit a higher percentage of his shots (50.9% from the field, 38.4% from 3-point range, 86.5% FT).

Petrovic definitely deserves to be on the list despite him playing only four seasons. If you're using form as one criterion, then Petrovic deserves to be on the list. But factor in his high efficiency and production, he should be in the top-10. Watching him shoot was a thing of beauty.

The other problem with you using 'stroke' as a major criterion is that this would mean a player like Reggie Miller should be excluded from every list because he had an unusual shooting form. On the release, he brought crossed his shooting hand over to the left instead of following through towards the target. No one would teach a young player to shoot in this way, but for Miller he was effective and efficient - two major criteria when assessing who should be considered a sharp shooter and who should not be.

West also deserves to be included. Too many people associate pure shooting with 3-point shooting. But given that the 3-point line didn't exist during West's time, West or any other player of his and previous generations should not be punished for this. West was indeed a clutch player, but he made a big shots from the perimeter. He had a very good stroke, and he was deadly from wherever he was on the court.

On Nash and Nowitzki, I have no problem with seeing their names on any top-10 list. Similarly, I have no problem with seeing someone like Mark Price receive consideration, as well as Steve Kerr and John Paxon, who were great shooters.
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How did Peja make it up there over Dirk?
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Top 4 should be : Bird, Allen, Petrovic, Miller.
I don't know about the others, tough call...
Dirk is not a top 10 shooter for sure. When we talking about pure shooters, it means more of a long range, 3 point shots, right? Dirk is one of the greatest mid range shooters, but he is not the best long range shooter. Very very good, but not one of the best. I don't know, maybe NBA fans are so unaccustomed to see shooter big... Go to Youtube and look at this guys - Mirza Teletovic. Yeah... He can make Dirk look poor.
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If he didn't died so young I think he'd be regarded as one of the best shooters in NBA history and top 3 in 3pt %. When he was givin an opportunity he was one of the best guards in the NBA before he died. RIP.

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How did Peja make it up there over Dirk?
Look at how many 3s he made in his career...
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