For these guys, there's no such thing as a bad shot
There are those who believe the 3-point shot is ruining the NBA. To those people, we ask: Are you watching the games? Few things in professional basketball are as exhilarating as a triple that sparks a big run or a back-breaking game-winner from way deep. These are the top five 3-point shooters in the league, according to our NBA crew: Jovan Buha, D.J. Foster, Fred Katz, Michael Pina and Brett Pollakoff. Can anyone unseat Stephen Curry at the top? Come back each weekday between now and the start of the NBA season for a new top five.
5. Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nobody makes scoring look easier than Kevin Durant, and it all begins with his insanely accurate 3-point stroke. Last season, he shot 43.5 percent on pull-up threes and 43.1 percent against 'tight' coverage. Even when he's covered, he's wide open in his mind. Whether he's galloping in transition, curling off a screen or laughing at a poor defender he just melted with a filthy crossover, Durant is always a threat to drop a soul-crushing triple. He isn't fair.
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4. J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Redick's gradual improvement since he entered the league is truly extraordinary. The Clippers guard once again posted a career season in 2014-15, sinking more threes than in any season before while shooting career-best percentages across the board. His ability to run off screens consistently, find space within Los Angeles' attack, knock down shots in every which way and do it all while never getting tired makes him one of the NBA's most irreplaceable offensive players.
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3. Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have taken the act of darting to the 3-point line in transition to the next level. And one reason Thompson is so effective inside Golden State's transition offense is his consistency. There aren't many players who can dart full-speed up the court, plant on a whim, catch the ball, rise for a jumper and land in the exact same spot on the way down. That mechanical repetition is why he has the best shooting form in the NBA, bar none. And if you can maintain such impeccable balance on the run, imagine how effective you can be when you get an open catch-and-shoot opportunity. Thompson can do it all.
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2. Kyle Korver, SG, Atlanta Hawks
Korver is more limited in the variety of attempts he takes than the No. 1 3-point shooter on this list, but the Atlanta wing might be the best catch-and-shoot threat in basketball history. He missed a season of shooting 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws by a hair in 2014-15. That's the same season, mind you, in which he set the NBA record for best single-season 3-point percentage (.492) with a minimum of 300 attempts. At this point, when opponents plan for the Hawks, 'Kyle Korver' is the name atop the agenda.
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1. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
The description is probably unnecessary and should be replaced by a never-ending video loop that highlights every ridiculous, impractical-for-anyone-else 3-pointer Curry has drilled over the past five years. If the video-game version of the MVP played like he does in real life, you'd deem it cheating -- and it'd probably ruin friendships, too. Curry is Bo Jackson in 'Tecmo Bowl'. He's Michael Vick in 'Madden NFL 2004'. Except he's real. Very real. And here's the scary part for everyone outside of the greater Bay area: Curry keeps getting better.