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Wesley Matthews vs. Klay Thompson

If you called Wesley Matthews or Klay Thompson an excellent 3-point shooter, they would probably tell you they can do a lot more than just shoot the long ball. And they, of course, would be right. But when you’re this good, and this consistent, in one specific area, it deserves examination. Let’s start with this season. Both players rank among the league’s top five players in 3-pointers made in 2013-14 (Thompson-T2nd, 213; Matthews-5th, 195). Thompson’s 41.8 percent shooting mark from downtown also rates highly among his peers, placing 12th among qualified NBA players. But for both of these 3-point marksmen, this season is really just a continuation of what fans have been watching for years now. Since Thompson entered the league in 2011-12, his 535 3-pointers rank second in the NBA, behind only his own teammate, Stephen Curry (574). Wesley Matthews is third on that list, with 493 makes over the past three seasons. Portland’s sharpshooter has actually made at least 125 treys in each of his four seasons in a Trail Blazers uniform. The only other NBA player with 125-plus 3-pointers in each of the last four years? Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

Wesley Matthews

• Ranks fifth in the NBA this year with 195 3-pointers made, a new career high for any season
• Averaging career highs of 16.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2013-14
• His 493 3-pointers since the beginning of the 2011-12 season are third-most in the NBA

Klay Thompson

• Ranks tied for second in the NBA this year with 213 3-pointers made and 12th with a 41.8% 3-point shooting percentage
• Averaging career highs with averages of 18.4 points and 2.3 assists in 2013-14
• His 535 3-pointers since the beginning of the 2011-12 season are second-most in the NBA