Obscure Statistics Leaderboard: The All Three-Point Team


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 Centers

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.

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2 responses to “Obscure Statistics Leaderboard: The All Three-Point Team

  1. boyer

    I’m glad to see, my boy, Brad Lohaus, former Iowa player, is the top C of all time, though, it’s just a matter of time until bargnani is the top C. Also, interesting that Sam Perkins didn’t make it. But, I like the way you did it: putting some emphasis on makes and some emphasis on pct.

    Interesting that you think this team would actually be an average team at best. I would probably have to agree. But, unless I’m wrong, this team has 10 of the 12 members who were an AS at some pt. in their careers. Actually, after thinking about it more, I change my mind. I think they’d still be a good team, if you start the top players, regardless of 3 pt. shooting. While I think billups is overrated, nash is even more overrated. I’ll take billups/allen/miller/dirk/sikma. That lineup might suck on defense. Actually, shouldn’t be too bad. Dirk’s a big time player as was miller/allen. Defense and rebounding might be a problem, but they’d still be good, but probably not good enough to be serious contenders, or maybe. This team looks better than the mavs with dirk/nash, and those were good mavs team. Also, interesting that the mavs got better when nash left them.

    • I guess this team would probably be better than average. They certainly aren’t any worse than Nash’s Suns in their prime. They would have to win a lot of 135-125 games.

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