The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and I have been a fan for nearly three decades.
1. Steve Kerr
Though he is in no way a superstar in the mold of Michael Jordan or LeBron James, "Little Stevie Spot-up" has had tremendous success both as a player and as a coach. As a player, he has won three titles with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He also won two titles with Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
While Steve is not a volume shooter, he is the most accurate in NBA history with a shot percentage of .454. He has mustered 726 three-point field goals, which ranks him at 175th on the all-time list.
While Steve was not a volume scorer, you could always count on him to be great in the clutch. Steve famously shot the ball in the waning moments of Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals and helped the Bulls win the championship. He also made four second-half three-pointers in Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals to help sink his interstate rivals, the Dallas Mavericks.
Steve has had stints as a broadcast analyst for TNT and as a consultant and general manager for the Phoenix Suns after retirement. On May 14, 2014, Steve Kerr began to coach the upstart Golden State Warriors and helped them win a championship in his rookie season. He also helped them win two more titles and capped off a five-year run with five Finals appearances and three titles.
Ironically, Steve helped his Warriors to a 73-9 record, which beat the 72-10 record of the Chicago Bulls team he played on.
2. Kyle Korver
This guy is not Ashton Kutcher of the popular show Punk'd, though he does have a striking resemblance to the MTV star. Kyle is one of the best spot-up shooters of all time. He has a shot percentage of .429 as of the end of the 2019-2020 NBA season. He has not signed with any team for the 2020-2021 NBA season and will most likely retire after 18 years in the league.
Kyle holds the NBA record for the best three-point field goal percentage in a season with .536, which he accomplished in the 2009-2010 season as a member of the Utah Jazz. 2014-2015 was one of the best in his career as he averaged 12.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 2.6 APG. Together with his teammates Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague, they were in the 2015 All-Star Game. The Hawks also won 60 games that year and reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
With a 6'7" height and an excellent shooting mechanic, Kyle could easily shoot over his defenders. He has 2,450 three-point field goals in his career, which makes him fourth on the all-time list.
3. Dale Ellis
Dale Ellis was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. The Mavericks were not able to maximize Ellis' talents as he was only used as a bench player. Despite his limited playing time, Dale was able to muster a decent rookie season with 8.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 0.8 APG with a three-point field goal percentage of .414.
On July 23, 1986, Dale Ellis was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Al Wood. This was the best thing that ever happened to him as Seattle gave Dale increased playing time. He was able to put together an All-Star worthy season with 24.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 2.9 APG. This netted him the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
Dale was also a regular in the Three-Point Contest. He competed in the event in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1997, and 1998. He won the 1989 contest.
He sits 25th on the all-time three-point field goals list with 1,719. He also led the league in three-point percentage in the 1997-1998 season at .464.
4. Dell Curry
Dell Curry is the patriarch of the Curry basketball family. He is the father of NBA players Steph Curry and Seth Curry. These two players are also three-point marksmen and prove that the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Dell Curry was the 15th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He played his first two seasons with the Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he did not make much of an impact. Curry was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the expansion draft. He would become a household name in the Charlotte area and become one of the league's premier sixth men. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1994.
Dell was quite the marksman and was able to bag 1,245 three-pointers with a .402 average. When Curry retired, he was the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9,839 points and the all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 929 three-pointers.
5. Steve Nash
Steve Nash was part of the greatest draft class ever in the 1996 NBA Draft. This draft class boasted players such as Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Antoine Walker, and Jermaine O 'Neal. Steve was from Canada, and back then, most of the scouting focused on homegrown talent. Drafting Canadians was not yet a thing. Steve Nash was the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.
This was not the ideal situation for Steve as Phoenix already had two All-Star quality point guards in Kevin Johnson and Jason Kidd. Steve's rookie season was not as impressive as he had limited opportunities. He was only able to muster 3.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, and 2.1 APG.
After riding the pine for two seasons in Phoenix, Steve was traded to Dallas, and he would get a starting job as well as increased playing time. Steve would break out in the 2000-2001 season with 15.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 7.3 APG. He would play for six seasons in Dallas alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley.
Nash would return to the valley of the Suns in 2004 and stay there for eight seasons. This was a fruitful run as he won two MVP awards and was a five-time assist leader. Steve was an amazing three-point specialist with a .428 average and with 1,685 three-pointers made.
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