POSTED: Mar 2, 2015 11:05 AM ET
Kyle Korver is shooting a remarkable 50 percent from 3-point range this season.
Let's call a spade a spade: The NBA has become a shooter's league with the modern reliance on the 3-point shot changing everything about the way NBA franchises are run. It's no coincidence that the Spurs, who won the championship in 2013-14, were an outstanding outside shooting team. It's also no coincidence that the Warriors and Hawks sit atop the NBA standings and have deep threats aplenty littered all over their respective rosters.
With the ability to hit outside shots more important than ever, here are the top 10 shooters in the NBA.
Green is the type of 3-and-D wing that analytics departments salivate over these days, and he's the most lethal marksman on the defending champs. Green is canning 39 percent of his 3s this season, and though defenses don't necessarily game plan around Green, his ability to find an opening and knock down a shot is key for the Spurs' title repeat hopes.
Gordon is shooting almost 45 percent from 3-point land this season and has been scorching hot as of late. He dropped 54 percent of his 3s in February, and his emergence has helped keep New Orleans at least semi-competitive with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson sidelined.
Lee has been a revelation since being acquired last year, bringing the Grizzlies some much needed outside shooting. With guys like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph commanding so much attention inside, just trotting out a competent shooter at the wing would do wonders for Memphis. Lee has been much better than competent, as his true shooting percentage of .592 ranks just one spot behind a guy most would consider a pretty good shooter: Klay Thompson.
At one point, Matthews was leading the league in total 3s made, though he's since been eclipsed by guys that will appear later on this list. Matthews hoists up 7.5 3s per game, which would have been unheard of 20 years ago. But he makes almost 40 percent of them and is an excellent compliment to backcourt mate Damian Lillard, and those shots are usually a good investment for the Blazers.
Redick has been considered a sharpshooter ever since his career at Duke, and the Clippers' vet is having yet another solid shooting campaign. Open shots are usually pretty easy to come by playing alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but Redick is making the most of those looks, connecting on 43 percent of his 3-pointers this year. He's one of the best in the business at coming off screens and burying jumpers.
He's the real deal, and though he's been injured for major chunks of this season, Beal is one of the best young shooters in the league and is actually shooting better from 3-point range than 2-point range this season. Shooting isn't the young Wizard's problem; he just needs to become a better finisher near the cup.
This is where we enter the "jump-shooting freak" zone. Durant is almost 7 feet tall, can handle the rock and pull up from just about anywhere. Simply put, when his game is on, nobody on the planet can stop him. The numbers with KD are solid as usual -- he's draining more than 40 percent of his 3s and his true shooting percentage is barely outside of the top 10 in the league, which is impressive considering he's a perimeter player. A league in which Durant is the fourth best shooter means there are some awfully talented snipers in the league as we speak.
We'll just leave this here:
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It's really hard to pin Curry against Thompson, but what makes Curry so impressive is the way in which he creates his own shots. With most of the guys on this list, a teammate is instrumental in finding the shooter open looks. Beal has John Wall. Redick has Paul. Mathews has Lillard. Curry serves as both of those pieces, essentially, and he still leads the league in 3-pointers made. Curry has a great chance of winning the MVP Award this year, and the 3-ball is the best weapon in his offensive arsenal. Oh, and he was also mildly impressive in winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest All-Star weekend.
You know shooting is of extreme emphasis in today's NBA when Korver is named an All-Star. And rightfully so. Korver cans 50 percent (!) of his 3s -- and he's actually in a pretty serious shooting slump at the moment. Korver is flirting with a 50/50/90 shooting season, which is a remarkable feat. He is what makes the Hawks so dynamic on offense, and for that reason, Korver is the best shooter in the NBA today.