Shooting is fundamental. It’s the first thing you learn on the basketball court and it’s the last thing to leave you when you get older. Fall in love with your jump shot. It’s going to last longer than any dunk or crossover or shake-n-bake you got.
Having a great shooter is essential at any level. It opens up the court, which allows more driving lanes. It stretches the defense, which allows for more long rebound opportunities. It helps to eliminate the midrange shot, which is normally the least efficient shot in basketball. It allows for quicker comebacks, you know, considering the three-point shot is worth more. And it has completely transformed college basketball, and will probably do the same to high school basketball within the next decade.
To win at any level, you need shooters. That’s not a question. They score efficiently and they’re easy to plug into the lineup. But despite the convenient way of rating them–straight percentages–it’s actually a little harder than you realize to differentiate the best from the decent. How many open threes are they getting? How many shots are they taking off the dribble? How much is the team asking them to do? Are they great midrange shooters? It’s why we have no problem saying Kevin Durant is a better shooter than Klay Thompson even though most fans around the world will immediately shake their heads, considering Thompson is a “shooter” and KD is a “scorer.”
With the NBA season having started, however, you can argue about a lot of things related to shooting, yet you can’t argue about Stephen Curry‘s place among the elite. With his latest sneaker dropping tomorrow at Champs Sports–dubbed the Under Armour Drive–and with Curry looking forward to his first signature sneaker later this season, we’re measuring just how good Golden State’s ultimate weapon will be this year. Here are The Best Shooters in the NBA Right Now.
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