Top 25 Mid-Range Shooters
Who has the best knack for knocking down tough buckets?
19. Tim Duncan | San Antonio Spurs | 1.2 makes/game | 67.8% assisted
Duncan is one of the best mid-range big men of all time, as he has proven over the years that you cannot leave him open from 20 feet and in. This year Duncan shot 43 percent from the mid-range. His patented bank shot has been used for 10+ years now, yet not many other players in the NBA seem to understand that you can make a living by using the backboard properly. One of, if not the best, to ever play his position, Duncan is a great mid-range player.
18. Carlos Boozer | Chicago Bulls | 1.5 makes/game | 86.3% assisted
For a power forward, Boozer shoots the ball well from the mid-range area, knocking down 44 percent of his shots from the area. Boozer is another player who, like Garnett, will knock down the open shot but has a tough time creating for himself in this range, as he hits 86 percent of his shots in this area off the catch. You know fellow list-mate Deron Williams appreciates it.
17. Richard Hamilton | Detroit Pistons | 2.8 makes/game | 79.2% assisted
Rip makes his money in the mid-range by staying in perpetual motion and curling around screens to get open for good shots. Although his Pistons struggled this past season, Hamilton’s mid-range numbers have stayed strong by shooting 43 percent and making nearly 3 shots a game from the area of the court that he earns a living from.
16. Stephen Curry | Golden State Warriors | 2.0 makes/game | 23.8% assisted
Known as a shooter coming out of college, Curry only helped his reputation as a rookie. Playing for an out of control Golden State Warriors team, Curry easily could have jacked up shots left and right and not worried about doing things the right way, but as his mid-range (and shooting numbers in general) show, he didn’t abandon ship but rather just tried to improve the whole time. Curry shot 44 percent from the mid-range, made 2 per game and created 76 percent of those makes off the dribble. This is just the beginning for Steph and we expect him to be much further up the list for years to come.
15. Luol Deng | Chicago Bulls | 2.6 makes/game | 73.0% assisted
A wing scorer, Deng is first known for being athletic and getting to the rack. And then, secondarily, he’s known as an outside player. Although the Chicago Bulls have tried to trade his contract, Deng has proved his whole career that he is a steady mid-range player who is going to make 2+ shots from the area per game. This season was no different as he was sixth in the League in shots made at 2.6 while shooting a solid 40 percent. Deng could raise his percentage if he committed to taking the ball to the rim a few times more or at least trying to get a few feet closer, as he took almost 7 mid-range shots a game.
14. LeBron James | Miami Heat | 2.2 makes/game | 15.7% assisted
LeBron shot 40 percent from the mid-range this past season while shooting 5.4 shots per game in this department, a four-year low. While he has visibly improved his jump shooting ability in every way since he entered the League as an 18-year-old, LeBron can still improve this aspect of his game so much. Unlike Kobe, LeBron does not have the footwork that helps to create easy opportunities. It would be wise for him to work on his footwork, not just in the mid-range, but in the post as well.
13. David Lee | Golden State Warriors | 2.1 makes/game | 81.4% assisted
While playing for Coach D’Antoni Lee got the chance to strut his stuff on Broadway and he made the most of it these past few seasons. When he first came in to the League, Lee could knock down the 15-footer but didn’t seem to have as much confidence as he does now. Lee is able to pick-and-pop and is more than capable of knocking down a jumper off of ball reversals at either the top of the key or in the corner, up to about 20 feet. Lee is getting much more comfortable taking a dribble in to his shot these days, which helps to explain his 43 percent shooting and 2.1 makes from this distance.
12. Amar’e Stoudemire | New York Knicks | 1.6 makes/game | 68.1% assisted
The newest New York Knick is best known for his ability to tear down the rim, but what most people forget is that he has one of the most consistent 18-foot jump shots in the League for a power forward. When put in pick-and-roll sets with that two-time MVP he used to play with, Stoudemire was excellent at popping out and knocking down the open jumper. He doesn’t have much of a dribble pull up game, although he often catches the ball on the pick-and-roll, takes a dribble and then shoots over the defenders from about 10 feet and in. With the added freedom in New York that he used to have in Phoenix though, watch for Amar’e to increase his attempts in the mid-range from the 3.9 per game that he took in Phoenix this past season.
11. Deron Williams | Utah Jazz | 1.8 makes/game | 69.4% assisted
Something people might not know about Williams is that he has gotten a lot better off the catch and shoot in the mid-range, hitting 69 percent of his shots from this area in this manner. Out in Utah, where the pick-and-roll is a way of life for Jerry Sloan’s Jazz, Williams has become an imposing threat to pull up and bury the jumper off the screen for his team, too. Williams favorite spot is the top of the circle, where he pulls up from with regularity. At year’s end, Williams hit 43 percent of his mid-range shots and nearly 2 per contest. He is capable of hitting tough shots going either way off the dribble and is especially dangerous when he gets in to a rhythm using his step-back jumper, which is lethal out to about 20 feet. Williams also excels in the mid-range when he stops on a dime on the fast break near the foul line.