Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 8:30 am  |  32 responses

Polladaday: Best Shooter?

Last night, Ray Allen became the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals. As far as shooting goes, how’s Allen stack up against history’s best?

Who's the best shooter in NBA history?

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  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is.

  • keify34

    Steve. Nash.

  • tavoris

    glad Chris Mullin was listed up here. He got his almost exclusively off his J.

  • Jeff

    Shaquille O’Neal

  • marc

    Rajon Rondo

  • Bimmer


  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Steve Kerr!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Ben Wallace

  • http://nba.com EJ


  • http://dude Chukaz

    its nash for sure. or dirk. jason kapono, kyle korver and anthony morrow should be in the conversation

  • logues

    ^so anthony morrow has one good season of shooting and all the sudden hes one of the best ever? jason kapono, seriously??
    my top 5:
    ray allen
    reggie miller
    larry bird/mark price

  • martey

    Ray Allen – Glen Rice – Larry Bird – Jeff Hornacek – Reggie Miller

  • Max

    Biased opinion, most of the people on this site never seen Larry play, including me. But if you look at all the senior reporters, they’ll say Larry, You look at today’s reporters they say Allen.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Are you kidding me, Nash?? Oneal?? ya they are great some of my fav players but they aint the best in history.. Bird or Allen for sure Reggie follows close behind.. Dont just put your fav players.. C’mon think bout history

  • youngmuggsy

    Gilbert Aren…. Oh wait.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    numbers don’t like baby. Ray Ray, sweetest stroke of all time

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    logues, Anthony Morrow has been shooting in the %40 area from the arc since he’s been in the league

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  • greg

    off the bounce its nash unquestionably spot up its ray. quick shots and fadeaways dirk, in the clutch reggie. Larry wasnt the best at any of those but he did all of them at a high level thats why i think he is either the best or second best

  • Roc

    Kobe Bryant routinely takes and makes the most difficult and highly contested shots in NBA history. Allen is a set shooter, and couldn’t hang with Bryant when it comes to taking contested shots. Also Allen takes all of his 3-pointers directly in front of the line, whereas Bryant is sometimes 5-6 feet outside the line, and is forced to shoot many bail-out 3s at the end of the shot clock.

    Majerle is also one of the best; he used to shoot half-court 3s over the back of his head as a PHX homegame ritual, and never misses.

    My best shot at a top 3 in NBA history is:

    3)Van Exel (another person who took insane, contested 3s and made them regularly)

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  • Kadavour

    Roc, you been smoking crack rocks? jk. Kobe is a shot-maker. It’s a different class of shooter and he does things some of the aforementioned on the list can’t, but he certainly isn’t in the same conversation as the guys listed. These guys could consistently hit 40% or thereabouts from 3. Kobe depends heavily on rhythm to hit big from that range. You have to talk about and define his method of shot making differently. I’d entertain a mid-range shooter debate involving Kobe and these other guys though.

  • Kadavour

    Larry Bird is overrated as a pure-shooter in my mind because he’s had MULTIPLE years shooting under 30% from deep. He was a shot-maker though, so ppl have developed some sensationalist memories of his ability.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Anyone? Bueller?

  • Jose

    It’s gotta be allen not just for the fact he has the record now but i mean. . .but he did it w/ the sweetest storke ever i’v ever seen,

  • will

    PISTOL PETE!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ray Allen can’t make contested shots? WTF is Roc talking about?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    greg makes a pretty nice point.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    i agree with greg so long as you include coming off screens in the spot up shooting category. also, i’ve heard a bunch of folks on TV and on here say that Reggie was a better shooter than Ray because he was clutch. i’m not taking anything away from Reggie at all, he is extremely clutch. but if you don’t think Ray is clutch as well, you need to watch this.


  • add

    Ray “Jesus” Allen, he definitely got game