Power Ranking the Best Pure Shooter on Every NBA Roster

September 1st, 2012 by Brett David Roberts Leave a reply »
What comes to mind when you think of a "pure shooter"?  Are pure shooters born, or can a player develop into a pure shooter?

We think of the greatest shooters of all time, and not even all of them had what we would call "textbook form."  Reggie Miller's wrists crossed one another upon release.  Dirk Nowitzki's cock-back release and leg positioning are awkward.  Others, like Mark Price and Larry Bird, had jump shots so perfect that one could use them an example for young players learning to shoot the ball.

Is the effect all that matters—making the shot?  Or should we try to incorporate mechanics into the discussion?  I've tried to take a hybrid approach here, considering both mechanics and results.  I've also tried to give players credit for being great shooters, but not really great players (see: slide six).  

All that said, a pure shooter is a relative term we hear thrown around a lot in basketball, but here's a look at the best pure shooters from every team, power ranked from No. 1 to No. 30.


Statistics taken from Basketball-Reference.com

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