Frequently, when researching some obscure point in response to a comment or follow up question, I’ll come across a contextless but completely surprising statistical tidbit. In that spirit I present a new feature, The Obscure Statistics Leaderboard. I won’t dig too hard for meaning or predictive value, just present these numbers for what they are, bizarre and unexpected statistical iotas.
My second post for The Two Man Game went up yesterday morning and was centered around the sudden increase in DeShawn Stevenson’s 3PT% this season. Between that and Ray Allen passing Reggie Miller last night as the NBA’s all-time leading three point shooter, long range bombers have been on my mind.
I decided to try and put together a roster of some of the greatest three point shooters of all time. The idea was to fill out a 12 man roster, adhering mostly to traditional position designations. In the spirit of Allen’s accomplishment last night I attempted to include players who were great three point shooters in terms of quantity not just efficiency.
I only included players who had played 500 or more games played and 500 or more three point attempts for their career. To factor in efficiency and quantity I multiplied each player’s made three pointers by their three point percentage to arrive at a “3PT score.” The tables below shows the top 4 at each position.
The Power Forwards
The Small Forwards
The Shooting Guards
The Point Guards
I’m sure some will quibble with my method of choosing players. How can you include Jason Kidd over a deadly shooter like Steve Kerr? Mostly because Jason Kidd has made nearly two and a half times as many three pointers over the course of his career. How can you classify Jason Terry as a point guard or Rashard Lewis as a power forward? If you diagree that vehemently, then go make your own list.
Choosing the two highest 3PT Scores from each position and throwing in two wild cards of my own preference I end up with this 12 man roster:
If you need any more evidence that the style of play in the league has changed consider the fact that 7 of the 12 players on this roster are still active. It’s also pretty amazing that I could have ended up with three current Dallas Mavericks’ players on the list. This is obviously a completely subjective and individual list. My method isn’t meant to imply that this is the definitive list of great shooters by position. It’s just one way to look at it.
This team couldn’t guard anyone or compete on the glass, and would likely lose as often as they would win. Still, watching them swing the ball around the perimeter and jack up threes would be a sight to behold.