Top 10 NBA Shooters

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NBA Top 10 Shooters

NBA Shooters
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA has always been filled with tons of great shooters. If a team does not have a good shooter than that team is most likely a last place team, but a team that has a good shooter they are most likely playoff bound.

Everybody knows how great Michael Jordan was. He was clutch and could shoot from any where on the court. Then there was Magic Johnson who was another great shooter from around the basket and from the field.

Even today each team has a shooter that they treasure. The Boston Celtics have Paul Pierce, but with his age his he is not as good a shooter as he once was. However, he can still light it up when he gets it going. The Miami Heat have a lot of great shooters from LeBron James to Mario Chalmers and look at them. They ended winning the NBA Finals last season.

Then out West there is Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has brought the Lakers franchise five championships since coming into the league in 1996. Without his clutch shooting and his ability to shoot from anywhere on the court the Lakers may have never won those five titles.

How about Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs? No question that without him the San Antonio Spurs would have never won those four championships.

There's no question that each team needs at least one shooter to have any success, but sometimes it's hard to find great ones. Here are the lucky guys who have made it to the top 10 NBA shooters today.

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#10 James Harden

Harden
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James Harden has made a name for himself in the past few years being the sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was traded to the Houston Rockets right before the start of this current season.

He will bring success to the city of Houston. It may not be right away, but it will be soon once they get a few key players to help him achieve success.

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#9 O.J. Mayo

Mayo
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Okay, I may be a little bias here since I am a Dallas Mavericks writer. However, I do believe that O.J. Mayo has been unstoppable from the field since going to Dallas.

This season he is averaging 19.8 points a game and is 51.2% from the three point field. I believe that once Dirk Nowitzki returns, who is another great shooter, that he will be part of the reason why the Mavs turn their season around this year.

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#7 Chris Bosh

Bosh
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Other than LeBron James, the Heat have another person that has been terrific from the field. Chris Bosh has always, in my opinion, been a great shooter. He has just never been on a great team until a few years ago when he went to Miami.

He is having his best shooting average since coming to the Heat. He is averaging 20.2 points a game and is 56% from the field. There's no doubt with Bosh's shooting that he will be a big part in the Heat defending their title and becoming back-to-back NBA Champions.

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#7 Russell Westbrook

Westbrook
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There's no doubt that Russell Westbrook needs to be the one who steps it up in the scoring end since Harden is no longer part of the team. He has done that so far this year. He is averaging 20.7 points a game.

He may not be a “clutch” player quite yet, but he is a great shooter. The past three years (including this season) he has averaged over 20 points a game. He will be a big part to help the Thunder win their first NBA Title in the near future.

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#6 Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony has always been a excellent shooter. With a career average of 24.7 points a game there's no doubt that the success the New York Knicks have now and could have in the future will be because of him.

However, there is a certain piece that is going to be a problem for the Knicks, which I will not say now. Even with Anthony's great shooting it may not be enough to push the team over to the next level.

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#5 Ray Allen

Allen
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Ray Allen is the greatest three point shooter of all time, no question about it. Since entering the league in 1996 with the Milwaukee Bucks he has always been a great and clutch shooter.

From Milwaukee to Seattle to Boston and now with Miami. When another player is off their game Allen has always been the guy to step it up. He will do that with Miami like he has in the past. Expect him to have a lot of clutch shots during the Heat's post-season this year.

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#4 Kobe Bryant

Bryant
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Do I really have to explain why Bryant is on this list? He is one of the greatest players basketball history. It's because of his excellent field goal shooting and his clutch performances.

As I mentioned before, without him the Lakers would have never won those five titles. He may be old in basketball years, but he is far from over. His great shooting could still bring the Lakers more and more titles and by the end of the year they could be the favorite to win it all.

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#3 Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki
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Okay, I am not being bias here. The people who watched the 2011 NBA Playoffs saw what this big German can do.

The way he shoots his shots it is impossible to stop. The Portland Trail Blazers, The L.A. Lakers, The Thunder and the Heat all felt the toughness of Nowitzki during that Finals run.

Even right now with the Mavs struggling without him. Once he returns I believe that he will be a top candidate for MVP if the Mavs turn it around. His shooting has kept the Mavs on top for over a decade and until the day he retires, i believe it will stay that way for the Mavs.

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#2 Kevin Durant

Durant
Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

What would the Thunder be if Kevin Durant was not a great and clutch shooter? Without him the Thunder would be the same team that they were in Seattle.

Although, they were not able to finish the job last season, his age and his shooting will keep the Thunder on top for seasons to come.

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#1 LeBron James

James
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Was there really any surprise who the #1 shooter would be? James is one of the greatest players of all time along side Bryant and Air Jordan.

Without King James the Heat may have never won that 2012 Title and the Cleveland Cavaliers would have never been a threat in the NBA during seven years he was there.

There is a reason why he is called King James and that is because of his shooting and his clutch performances. He will be the reason why the Heat make a run to multiple NBA Championships.

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