The reigning MVP has made a career out of three-pointers.
The 28-year-old is widely considered one of the greatest shooters of all time, if not the greatest.
The sharp-shooting point guard has led the race in three-pointers made in the last four seasons, and leads the table this campaign with 246 threes.
CAREER STATS: 1839 three-pointers – 437 career percentage.
9) JOE JOHNSON ( UTAH JAZZ)
The veteran shooting guard has one of the best shooting strokes in the league. His solid catch and shoot skills have kept him in the NBA, serving as a journeyman shooting guard since 2001.
Johnson had stints with seven different teams, with his time at the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns serving as his most successful.
CAREER STATS: 1903 three-pointers – 373 career percentage.
8) JASON KIDD (RETIRED)
A championship winner with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Jason Kidd had a stellar NBA career spanning 21 years.
Kidd was a superb rebounding and passing point guard but was never considered a great shooter.
The competitive point guard worked on his shooting ability and ended up 8th on the list for most three’s made.
CAREER STATS: 1988 three-pointers – 349 career percentage.
7) VINCE CARTER (MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES)
Vince Carter has been synonymous with high-flying dunks and attacking the rim with reckless abandon.
He was never a feared sharpshooter from the outside, but with experience, he has steadily improved his shooting from the three-point line.
The veteran guard has played for six different teams over his 18-year career in the NBA.
CAREER STATS: 2019 three-pointers – 373 career percentage.
6) JAMAL CRAWFORD ( LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS)
The 16-year veteran has been a starter and a bench player throughout his career.
Crawford is immensely talented on offense with his quick handles and shooting ability.
The journeyman guard has made a career of clutch three-pointers and efficient shooting, offering his talents to six different teams over a 16-year NBA career so far.
CAREER STATS: 2021 three-pointers – %349 career percentage.
5) KYLE KORVER (CLEVELAND CAVALIERS)
The spot up shooter was recently traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers from Atlanta Hawks, joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
The 6’7 guard can shoot in transition and is a lethal static shooter as well.
His addition will definitely help the Cavs as they go in search of a second straight NBA title.
CAREER STATS: 2026 three-pointers – 431 career percentage.
4) PAUL PIERCE (LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS)
Pierce is a Celtics legend, having started his career in Boston where he led them to an NBA title in 2008 alongside Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
The 39-year-old developed a deadly three-point shot over the years, used mostly in the clutch.
The future hall of famer is currently closing towards the end of his career at the Los Angeles Clippers.
CAREER STATS: 2138 three-pointers – 369 career percentage.
3) JASON TERRY (MILWAUKEE BUCKS)
The “JET” was one the best spot up shooters from beyond the arch.
Playing with the Dallas Mavericks in his prime, Terry was a feared shooter and a vocal leader on the 2011 championship winning team that upset the Miami Heat.
Terry has plied his trade in the NBA for 17 years and is currently on the roster at Milwaukee Bucks.
CAREER STATS: 2220 three-pointers – 380 career percentage.
2) REGGIE MILLER ( RETIRED)
NBA legend and hall of fame inductee Miller is one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time.
Reggie played his entire career in Indiana and made the Pacers a contender in an era when the Eastern Conference was dominated by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and Patrick Ewing’s New York Knicks.
The star guard never won a championship in Indiana but ended his career proving that he was one of the best.
CAREER STATS: 2560 three-pointers – 395 career percentage.
1) RAY ALLEN (RETIRED)
The man with the sweetest shot in NBA history, Allen tops the list for three-pointers made and boasts one of the best percentages in league history.
Allen won two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, before retiring in 2014 after two years with the Heat, leaving the game as basketball’s greatest marksman.
CAREER STATS: 2973 three-pointers – 400 career percentage.
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The 2017 MVP race is still intriguing with a couple of months left in the regular season. There is no clear-cut candidate that can be anointed by analysts and pundits at the moment. Russell Westbrook is performing at an MVP level all while breaking NBA records, James Harden is having a great statistical season and has the Houston Rockets third in the western conference standings.
Lebron James is always in the MVP conversation, his averages on the season are great, however, the Cavaliers have struggled at times throughout the season. Kawhi Leonard has been clutch all season and is the most valuable player on the San Antonio Spurs. Isaiah Thomas is performing at a high level and has been able to restore some balance in the eastern conference.
But first have a quick vote on who you think deserves the MVP honours, you will get a chance to vote at the end as we might persuade you to pick another player worthy of the award:
Over the past two seasons, James Harden has been the effective ball handler for the Rockets, even though it is not his natural position, the team has handed the ball over to Harden and he has made the best of it. “The Beard” is averaging 28.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG with 11.3 APG proving that he can create for his teammates.
Harden’s amazing play this season has positioned the Rockets in third place in the western conference at 44-19, with his performances thrusting him into the frontrunner for MVP.
2) RUSSELL WESTBROOK (PG) – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The uber-athletic point guard is averaging 31 PPG, 10.0 APG and 10.6 RPG. His quest to average a triple-double on the season is still possible, which would make him the only player to do so since NBA legend Oscar Robertson, who achieved the feat in the 1961-62 season. Despite Westbrook’s heroic performances, the Thunder are sitting at a mediocre 35-28, 7th place in the western conference standings.
Westbrook does not have enough talent around him for the Thunder to be a contender, his energy and tenacity help on defense, but the Thunder as a whole are allowing 106.2 PPG by the opponent. Team record aside, if Westbrook is able to average a triple-double by the end of the season, it will be difficult to deny him the MVP.
3) LEBRON JAMES (SF) – CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Often referred to as the “best player on the planet”, the reigning NBA champion is having another great season statistically. Recording 25.9 PPG and 8.9 APG, coupled with eight rebounds a game, has Lebron in the conversation for MVP once again. His mid-season complaints that the Cavaliers need more help to defend their title have been dealt with by management, the additions of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams will surely have ” The King of Akron” satisfied.
The Cavaliers have no clear threat in the east, the Celtics are the only team that can offer some resistance, but it is clear that Cleveland is preparing for a clash with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. Even with his stellar play, it is difficult to see James surpassing Westbrook and Harden for MVP but it is a possibility none the less.
4) KAWHI LEONARD (SF) SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The elite two-way forward is having a stellar season for the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard has been a consistent scorer and comes through in clutch moments. His averages this season are 26.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG and is a lock down defender who offers great help defense as well.
Leonard has assumed the reigns as the Spur’s best player after the retirement of their Hall of fame worthy power forward Tim Duncan. Kawhi has helped the Spurs achieve the second best record in the west at 48-13 and now have a great chance of passing the Warriors for first place, after Kevin Durant’s injury that will keep him out indefinitely.
5) ISAIAH THOMAS (PG) – BOSTON CELTICS
In a league of giants, the 5 foot 9-inch scoring point guard has been on a tear this season. Thomas has averaged 29.5 PPG and 6.2 APG. The small statured point guard is not afraid of attacking the rim despite his size, his pick and roll excellence makes him very hard to cover because defenders must respect his shooting and passing ability.
His position in the MVP race has been earned and the Celtics are the second seed in the east sitting at 40-23 and could challenge the Cavaliers deep into the playoffs if the two teams meet.
KEVIN DURANT (SF) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The injury to Durant has certainly caused shockwaves in Golden State, their best player will miss the next four weeks and will be re-evaluated once again. Durant has been stellar this season, the offensive-minded forward also became a game-changer on defense.
Blocking shots and grabbing rebounds as he attempted to compensate for the Warriors lack of size in the post. Durant’s averages before the injury were 25.3 PPG and 8.2 RPG while shooting .537% from the field.