By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on April 3, 2014
It’s hard to argue the fact that the NBA has evolved into a more perimeter-oriented game. As a result, a bigger premium is now placed on guys who are elite in their ability to shoot the basketball. That sounds easy enough for guys who play basketball for a living, but the truly great shooters in this league deserve their due. Here are the top 10 pure shooters in the league today.
Matt Bonner may not see the floor much for the Spurs, but the veteran can still fill it up from long range when he gets on the floor. Long live the Red Mamba.
Another guy who hasn’t seen much time this season, Steve Novak is in the NBA almost exclusively because of how well he can shoot the ball. His hay-day was obviously with the Knicks, but he can still fill it up from deep, a skill that likely won’t be leaving him soon.
Yet another player whose opportunities this season have been scarce, we all know the abilities of Jimmer Fredette when it comes to shooting. The guy has unlimited range and, if given the right opportunity, I’m still convinced his shooting can make him an effective NBA player.
Anthony Morrow is a bit of a journeyman in the NBA, but everywhere he’s gone he’s done one thing: knock down threes. Morrow often gets overlooked in terms of shooters, but he’s consistently one of the league’s best in outside-shooting.
J.J. Redick was supposed to take the Clippers to another level this season, but injuries have halted those plans for the most part. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Redick is an absolutely lethal shooter from the perimeter and one of the best in the league in that area.
Marco Belinelli is a dark-horse of sorts in this race. The Italian guard won the three-point contest at All-Star Weekend this year. More importantly though, the guard has absolutely shown how deadly he can be with his shooting for the Spurs in their fantastic run this season.
One of the things that makes Kevin Durant so special is that he can rise up and get a good look in almost any situation. However, don’t deny him the fact that he has one of the purest shooting strokes in the Association.
He may be an aging veteran at this point, but Ray Allen’s shooting motion is still picture perfect. Even when he misses, it looks like it should’ve gone in. That’s the mark of an unbelievable shooter.
There’s no doubt that Stephen Curry could be number one on this list. He’s already making a case to be the best-shooting point guard in NBA history and he’s not even theoretically in his prime yet. Being able to shoot the way that Curry can is a rare feat in the league.
Curry doesn’t get number one, though, because Kyle Korver was put on this Earth to shoot threes. Korver knocking down shots in the perimeter is one of the surest bets for any game that he’s a part of. Though he might not be as dynamic as others, there’s no pure shooter better than him.
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