2013 NBA Draft: Who Are the Top 5 Three Point Shooters in This Year’s Field?
2013 NBA Draft: Top 5 Three Point Shooters
We are under a month away from the start of the 2013 NBA Draft, but it's never to early to dive into some of the top angles in which players present themselves heading into the professional ranks.
The ability to shoot the basketball is one of the top skills in the game and for those prospects that can light it up -- the opportunity to build a career in the NBA only blossoms. This 2013 field does not offer the greatest of shooting expectations, but there are a select number of players that can light up the score column when they are left open are the perimeter.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the top five three-point shooters in this year's draft class:
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No. 5- Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Draft Projection: Early Second Round
Isaiah Canaan actually had his worst season on the perimeter this past year, but that doesn't mean he can't light it up. Prior to the 2012-13, Canaan had been a consistent 40%+ shooter from the 3-point line. He can hit shots in transition, off the screen and if he's left wide open, watch out.
No. 4- C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Draft Projection: Lottery Pick
It's a shame that C.J. McCollum was injured for most of this season, but regardless he's going to make one NBA franchise in the top half of the first round happy this June. McCollum can score in a variety of ways, but he's a dynamite shooter from the outside. McCollum was shooting 51.6% from beyond the arc prior to his season-ending injury.
No. 3- Ian Clark (Belmont)
Draft Projection: Undrafted
Ian Clark isn't expected to hear his name called on that final Thursday in June, but that doesn't mean he won't get a shot on a summer league roster. Clark can shoot the three ball and that's a big attraction for a player that didn't get much publicity playing at Belmont. Clark shot 46.3% from the outside this past season.
No. 2- Seth Curry (Duke)
Draft Projection: Late Second to Undrafted
You probably know the name Seth Curry and you certainly know his older brother, Stephen Curry.. This Duke Blue Devil product is fresh off his best season at the collegiate level and he's always been known for his three point shooting ability. He can light it up from the perimeter, there is no doubt about that.
No. 1- Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Draft Projection: Undrafted
Rotnei Clarke might not be the most efficient three point shooter in the country, but he's the most lethal. Clarke converted on some big time shots this past season and although is draft hype is not at a level of expectation, he is still attracting the interest of some NBA organizations. Clarke cannot be left open, but even despite that knowledge he has found ways to beat opponents coming off the dribble and/or running off screens in the half court.