Who is the better shooter ?
Can you guys rank these shooters. These are the greatest shooters IMO that I have had the pleasure of watching plenty of games of. It varies from each player style of how they do it, and all the ways they able to get it done. I'm curious of what placement everyone will have them in and thoughts. Especially considering how great these guys are.
1 - Larry Bird
2 - Ray Allen
3 - Steve Nash
4 - Reggie miller
5 - Dirk Nowitzki
1. Dirk Nowitzki
2. Larry Bird
3. Steve Nash
4. Ray Allen
5. Reggie Miller
1. Danny Green
2. Danny Green
3. Danny Green
4. Danny Green
5 Danny Green
1. Ray Allen
2. Reggie Miller
3. Steve Nash
4. Dirk Nowitzki
5. Larry Bird
Reggie Miller was 2560/6486 3PT for 39.5%. Larry Bird was 649/1727 for 37.6%.
Based on the numbers, it's hard to argue Bird was the better shooter. It's hard to argue anybody else, besides Ray Allen, is a bettter shooter than Miller based on the numbers. You could argue STRONGLY for Steve Nash, but he's got like half the attempts.
I didnt know he made that many 3's... hes made more then Larry Legend ever shot. He just Move into My Number one List. Its Him and Larry Tied in my book that just changed Reggie all the way...
Ray Allen is the most complete. I'm not saying he is the best. He can do it in every way stationary catch and shoot, pick and roll/off screens and off the dribble. The only thing he couldn't do it posting up like Dirk and Bird.
I'm not a numbers guy, but Peja Stojakovic was pretty nasty too. Should anyone be replaced for him to be on the list instead ?
I feel like if Drazen had a longer career and didn't sit on the pine for the early part of his career, he could of been one of the best all time shooters. You know you are pretty good when Reggie gives you props. Just funny how players joked around saying he was so hard to guard cause he smelled so bad.
1. Steve Nash -- Most technically sound shooter I've ever seen. His mechanics are flawless and consistent. I don't think he gets quite the respect the others get because he's not a volume scorer.
2. Ray Allen -- Most consistent shooter. Hard to argue with the record holder.
3. Reggie Miller -- 8 points in 9 seconds. Nuff said.
4. Larry Bird -- Had a pretty awkward looking shot but the results speak for themselves.
5. Mark Price -- Another member of the 50/40/90 club.
Honorable Mention: John Starks, Dirk Nowitzki, Vernon Maxwell, Dell Curry, Kevin Durant (will be up there by the end of his career)
Honorable mention to starks and Maxwell? You can't be serious with that. I watched their careers so I certainly don't need to look up stats to tell you Maxwell was a below average shooter who simply had no conscious and let them fly like he thought he was mark price, but if you want go based on stats, he never shot better then 34% from three And was 32% for his Career and under 40% from 2 pt for his career. I would guess he was never even one of the top 50 shooters in the league at any point of his career. He was a chucker.
As for Starks, he was certainly better then Maxwell, but still not even close to l worth mentioning as an all-time great shooter. he was career 34 % from three and 41% overall. I mean how about glen rice, Dale Ellis, Craig hodges, Steve Kerr, Chris mullin, Tracy Murray, Dennis Scott, or any number of other shooting speualusts of today.
Hard to compare shooters across eras. As a whole, the 3 pt shot was not a huge weapon early on in Bird's career. Just look at 3PTM in the early 80s. The league average for makes per TEAM in Bird's rookie yr was 64 on 28% shooting.
League leading players nowadays make over 200 3's a season.
Exactly, the three point line wasn't even in the NBA until Larry Bird's rookie year. That changed the game dramatically, as players now had something else they could perfect. Bird didn't have the same amount of time to become a three point specialist like some of those other guys who played with the three point line their entire career.
Curry is the best shooter i've seen. catch n shoot, off the dribble, whatever, splash!
hard to argue with the top 5 but steph curry, glen rice, peja are next to them.. maybe even allan houston, steve kerr, kapono, novak just shooting wise.. and yeah danny green!
if it was crunch time in a game id prolly take reggie miller. but if they were all gonna have a 3-point contest id prolly take bird. he was amazing when his feet were set. The thing about miller though is he could hit them with ease fading toward the baseline or anything. I have always thought Ray Allen had the most picture perfect beautiful shot tho. the thing with Ray is how quick he can get it off, he has a very quick release. and like the guy mentioned earlier as a set shooter idk if theres ever been a better spot up than peja. he just couldnt do it off the dribble like allen,miller,and curry. Just too hard to pick one i know their all 3-pt specialist but yet their each so different. like Dirk having a shot like that at 7' tall. its just to hard for me to pick one. but the numbers say its ray allen.
I still think Bird was the best. When he was growing up and playing in high school and college there was no 3 point line. The game was much different because of it, but Bird still managed two 50/40/90 seasons and he was a guy who could make a shot anywhere on the court or any way. His trick shots were amazing to watch.
I don't think stats tell the whole story for Bird because he never shot a 3 pointer until he was 23. The shot wasn't utilized for spacing like it is today. During the years he shot in the 20's he took less that one per game...I think about every marksman today would shoot a lower percentage if they took one three pointer per game. If you miss your first, you don't get a shot to make up for it. He was a 40% three point shooter during the 8 seasons he took more than one three pointer per game.
One interesting stat about Ray Allen I read once, but can't find again, is that his career 3-pt % increases with each successive quarter. He shoots better in overtime than he does in the fourth quarter than he does in the third. Just an interesting little nugget. Reggie Miller, to give another example, trends in the opposite direction.
1. Ray Allen
2. Larry Bird
3. Reggie Miller
4. Mark Price
5. Dirk Nowitzki
For me it's
1. Ray Allen
2. Steve Nash
3. Reggie Miller
4. Larry Bird
5. Mark Price
The best shooter nobody has mentioned yet? To me that's Jeff Hornacek, he excelled in an era where the 3 point shot wasn't as utilized as often as nowadays but still shot the lights out from anywhere on the court. His career numbers; 14.5 PPG, 49.6 FG%, 40.3 3PT%, 87.7 FT%
Surprised there hasn't been an Aaron Hernandez joke.