You’ve heard it repeated ad nauseam, but it’s inescapable just how much outside shooting has revolutionized the NBA. It’s supercharged the pace of the game, placed a premium on ball movement and motion offenses, and forced to a whole new generation to redefine how they approach their positions and develop their skill-sets.
It’s hard to imagine now, but the three-point shot didn’t used to be so damn sexy. Unless it was clutch time, it was pretty far down on the list of basketball-related thrills, lagging behind more exciting phenomena like ankle-breaking crossovers, fancy behind-the-back passes, and rim-rocking poster jams.
Now, we marvel at a team like the Houston Rockets, who merrily hoisted an NBA-record 61 three-point attempts earlier this season. Then, of course, there’s that other team in the Bay, who turns every town they visit into a hailstorm of outside jumpers with no end in sight.
But the NBA has a rich history of long-range snipers, and today we celebrate the very best of the best.
(Honorable mentions: Vince, Carter, Jason Terry, Mark Price, Dale Ellis, Paul Pierce, Jeff Hornacek, Chauncey Billups, Drazen Petrovic, Glen Rice.)