NBA: Ryan Anderson and the evolution of the ‘stretch four’


When one thinks of 3-point shooters, the image that almost always comes to mind is a slick-shooting guard, someone such as Stephen Curry or Ray Allen.

So it might surprise some to learn that the guy who has shot the most 3-pointers in the NBA this season isn’t a point guard, it’s not a shooting guard or even a small forward.

No, it’s Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, a 6-10 power forward.

Anderson leads the league in makes and attempts from outside the arc as he’s gone 112-277 from deep this season. So not only is Anderson a volume shooter from deep, averaging 3.1 makes and 7.7 attempts from the land of 3, but he’s also a good shooter from deep. His 40.4 percent mark doesn’t land him in the league’s top 20, but it is just outside that list.

The best 3-point shooter in the league this year in terms of percentage, however, is another of the so-called “stretch four” types—Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs.

Bonner, another 6-10 forward, is hitting 47.4 percent from the 3-point area (27-for-57). Bonner also led the league in 3-point accuracy in 2010-11 when he shot 45.7 percent (105-for-230).

So who are these guys and why are they taking their big selves out into the land of the little guy?

The stretch four has emerged as perhaps the most versatile position on the floor in today’s NBA. Almost everyone has traditional power forwards, the guys with the size and strength to mix it up down low.

What the stretch four does, however, is to help space the offense. Having a big with the ability to get outside of the paint and be a legitimate threat to score creates both matchup problems and space on the interior for the offense to run more smoothly.

Of course, one doesn’t have to be a mad bomber from 3-point range to be an effective stretch-four type. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers can create that sort of space with his mid-range post-up ability.

Aldridge’s bread-and-butter move is to get the ball on a wing at 15 feet or so from the basket and relentlessly back his defender down, finishing it with a turnaround jump shot from around 10 feet.

The other offensive element the stretch four opens up is the pick-and-pop game. The stretch four screens for the ballhandler and can pop out for an open shot from mid-range if the defense stays with the screener. Otherwise, the ballhandler—in Portland’s case, usually Damian Lillard—is free to continue to drive the lane.

Perhaps the best stretch four ever is Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. The 7-foot German can score from anywhere—anywhere—on the floor. He has a variety of nifty moves in the low post, has a great mid-range game and if teams choose to ignore him at the 3-point line, they do so at their own risk—he’s a career 38 percent shooter from out there and has averaged 3.2 attempts per game.

So Nowitzki is a player who has to be guarded everywhere on the offensive end. Put a traditional big on him and he steps out to the perimeter. Put a smaller, quicker defender on him and he sets up shop down on the block.

The stretch four can be an absolute matchup nightmare.

When the Mavericks won their lone NBA title in 2011, the pick-and-pop was a big part of their game, although with a variation from the way Portland runs it now.

During that 2011 title run, particularly with J.J. Barea at the point, the Mavs would use Tyson Chandler, Barea and Nowitzki on a combination pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop. Chandler would screen and roll while Nowitzki set up shot at the 3-point line. Barea could then either drive himself, hit the roll man Chandler or pop the ball out to Nowitzki for an uncontested 3-pointer, based on how the defense opted to play it.

As for Anderson, he has continued his success as a long-range bomber even without the benefit of playing with Dwight Howard, as he did with the Orlando Magic.

Anderson also led the NBA in 3-point volume in 2011-12 while with the Magic, making 166 and attempting 422 shots from deep. With the New Jersey Nets and the Magic during his first three seasons, before he established himself as a regular, Anderson earned a spot in the rotation as a stretch four coming off the bench. Now in his fifth year, Anderson is 559-for-1440 from beyond the arc and the 5.0 average attempts per game ranks him among the all-time leaders for those with more than 250 made 3-pointers in their career. The top 50 volume 3-point shooters in terms of attempts per game are listed below:

Chico Vaughn16410156.191968-70 (ABA)
Ray Allen118169175.861997-2013
Gilbert Arenas55230775.572002-12
Peja Stojakovic80443925.461999-2011
Brandon Jennings24612705.162010-13
Jason Richardson83542325.072002-13
Stephen Curry21510795.022010-13
Tim Hardaway86743455.011990-2003
Baron Davis83541594.982000-12
Reggie Miller138964864.971988-2005
Ryan Anderson29014404.972009-13
Jamal Crawford84641554.912001-13
Danilo Gallinari25112324.912009-13
Dennis Scott62930604.861991-2000
Nick Van Exel88042784.861994-2006
J.R. Smith57427864.852005-13
Eric Gordon21110154.812009-13
Jason Williams78837844.801999-2011
Antoine Walker89342644.771997-2008
Danny Granger51024224.752006-12
Rashard Lewis95143984.621999-2013
Rudy Fernandez24911474.612009-12
Jason Terry105848674.602000-13
Vernon Maxwell85539314.601989-2001
Chauncey Billups100545984.581998-2013
Marcus Thornton22410074.502010-13
Stephen Jackson81736544.472001-13
Paul Pierce106147324.461999-2013
Michael Adams65328574.381986-96
Michael Redd62927514.372001-12
Eddie Jones95441474.351995-2008
O.J. Mayo33814674.342009-13
Voshon Lenard56524374.311996-2006
Mookie Blaylock88938164.291990-2002
Mike Miller80434124.242001-13
Joe Johnson86736764.242002-13
Aaron Brooks30712964.222008-13
Kevin Martin51021524.222005-13
Kyle Korver69429244.212004-13
Ben Gordon62426264.212005-13
Quentin Richardson78232844.202001-12
Rafer Alston67128154.202000-10
James Harden25610634.152010-13
John Starks86635914.151989-2002
Jason Kidd134755364.111995-2013
Vince Carter102342014.111999-2013
Kevin Durant41616994.082008-13
Manu Ginobili70228674.082003-13
Wesley Matthews26010524.052010-13
Nicolas Batum29011624.012009-13

With few exceptions, the players on that list are either still active or are just recently out of the league. In NBA history, Ray Allen—a shooting guard—has shot the highest volume of 3-pointers per game in his career.

But there are a few of the present-day stretch-four types that also make this list. Anderson is 11th all-time at 4.97 3-point attempts per game. Danilo Gallinari plays that role for the Denver Nuggets and is at No. 13 on the list at 4.91. Antoine Walker was one of the earlier stretch fours, playing the role for the Boston Celtics in the late 1990s and early 21st century and averaged 4.77 attempts from deep per game. Rashard Lewis checked in at No. 21 at 4.62 attempts per game.

That is in line, however, with not just the evolution of the stretch four but also the evolution of the 3-point shot as a regular weapon in teams’ offensive arsenal.

In the early days of the 3-point shot, both in the nine years the ABA was in operation from 1967-68 through 1975-76 and after the line was added in the NBA in 1979-80, the shot was seen by most coaches as more of a gimmick than a strategy.

Coaches in the ABA were forced to do something their contemporaries hadn’t considered: Rethink everything they knew about offensive and defensive strategy.

One ABA coach admitted in Terry Pluto’s book “Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association” that he never used the 3-pointer at first unless his team was losing late in the game and was desperate for points.

Hubie Brown, a longtime NBA coach and current television analyst, also coached in the ABA, leading the Kentucky Colonels to the championship in 1974-75.

“You have to tell your players to remember who the shooters are, and when those guys are 25 feet from the basket, get in their jocks and guard them,” Brown said in “Loose Balls.” “Don’t give them the 25-footer, which is something players had been conditioned to do all their lives. And as a coach, if you have a shooter with range, you have to give him the freedom to take the 25-footer, which is a philosophy that goes against what you learned as a young coach—namely, pound the ball inside.”

But as players became more accustomed to the shot and coaches got used to it, the long-range bomb emerged as an integral part of most offenses. The addition of the 3-point shot in the college and high-school games gave birth to a new generation of players who were familiar with the concept of spotting up at the 3-point line, something older players had to learn later in their careers.

So as the game and the use of the shot evolved, the next natural progression was for bigger players to begin to specialize in taking long bombs, as well.

The forerunner of the modern stretch four played more than 40 years ago.

Stew Johnson played his entire nine-year career in the ABA, spanning the entire life of the league.

Johnson was a 6-8, 220-pound power forward from Murray State, but he was atypical of most big players of his era because he could shoot from anywhere. The corner jumper was his favorite weapon.

Johnson attempted 872 3-point shots in his career, placing him 10th on the ABA’s all-time list. He made 269 of them—also 10th-best in ABA history—and his 30.8 percentage rate ranks 16th in ABA annals (bearing in mind that shooting percentages were far lower 40 years ago than they are today).

The next stretch four came into the league the same year as the 3-pointer. Rookie Larry Bird was 58-for-143 from long range while playing primarily at power forward as a rookie in 1979-80. The 58 makes were fifth-most in the league, the 143 attempts ranked sixth and his 40.6 accuracy placed him third behind Downtown Fred Brown of the Seattle SuperSonics (44.3) and teammate Chris Ford (42.7).

Those were the only three players in the NBA that first season of the 3-ball who shot better than 40 percent; only 15 players had enough makes (25) to qualify for the league percentage lead.

To understand the evolution of the stretch four, one has to also understand the evolution of 3-point usage in general. The table below lays out the lifetime of the 3-pointer from the ABA days through today. New NBA records for team and individual totals are indicated by italics.

Year/LeagueLeague Average (Pct.)Team Leader 3FGTeam Leader 3FGALeader 3FGLeader3FGA
1967-68 ABA111-390 (28.5)Pittsburgh Pipers-243Pittsburgh Pipers-790Lester Selvage, Anaheim-147Lester Selvage, Anaheim-461
1968-69 ABA138-460 (29.9)Kentucky Colonels-335Minnesota Pipers-1006Louie Dampier, Kentucky-199Louie Dampier, Kentucky-552
1969-70 ABA155-531 (29.1)Kentucky Colonels-330Kentucky Colonels-923Louie Dampier, Kentucky-198Louie Dampier, Kentucky-548
1970-71 ABA154-516 (29.9)Indiana Pacers-306Indiana Pacers-1024George Lehmann, Carolina-154George Lehmann, Carolina- 382
1971-72 ABA131-442 (29.7)Indiana Pacers-220Indiana Pacers-750Glen Combs, Utah-103Warren Jabali, Floridians-285
1972-73 ABA91-316 (28.9)Indiana Pacers-172Indiana Pacers-551Bill Keller, Indiana-71Bill Keller, Indiana-222
1973-74 ABA100-351 (28.3)San Diego Conquistadors-216San Diego Conquistadors-736Bo Lamar, San Diego-69Bo Lamar. San Diego-247
1974-75 ABA91-311 (29.3)Indiana Pacers-224Indiana Pacers-718Bill Keller, Indiana-80Bill Keller, Indiana-240
1975-76 ABA78-266 (29.5)Indiana Pacers-250Indiana Pacers-771Bill Keller, Indiana-123Bill Keller, Indiana-349
1979-80 NBA64-227 (28.0)San Diego Clippers-177San Diego Clippers-543Brian Taylor, San Diego-90Brian Taylor, San Diego-239
1980-81 NBA41-166 (24.5)San Diego Clippers-132San Diego Clippers-407Mike Bratz, Cleveland-57Mike Bratz, Cleveland-169
1981-82 NBA49-187 (26.2)Indiana Pacers-103San Diego Clippers-338Don Buse, Indiana-73Joe Hassett, Golden State-214
1982-83 NBA44-185 (23.8)San Antonio Spurs-94San Antonio Spurs-308Mike Dunleavy, San Antonio-67Mike Dunleavy, San Antonio-194
1983-84 NBA49-195 (25.0)Utah Jazz-101Utah Jazz-317Darrell Griffith, Utah-91Darrell Griffith, Utah-252
1984-85 NBA73-257 (28.2)Dallas Mavericks-152Dallas Mavericks-443Darrell Griffith, Utah-92Darrell Griffith, Utah-257
1985-86 NBA77-274 (28.2)Dallas Mavericks-141Dallas Mavericks-446Larry Bird, Boston-82Larry Bird, Boston-194
1986-87 NBA117-388 (30.1)Dallas Mavericks-231Dallas Mavericks-653Larry Bird, Boston-90Dale Ellis, Seattle-240
1987-88 NBA130-410 (31.6)Boston Celtics-271Boston Celtics-705Danny Ainge, Boston-148Michael Adams, Denver-379
1988-89 NBA173-537 (32.3)New York Knicks-386New York Knicks-1147Michael Adams, Denver-166Michael Adams, Denver-466
1989-90 NBA179-541 (33.1)Cleveland Cavaliers-346Cleveland Cavaliers-851Michael Adams, Denver-158Michael Adams, Denver-432
1990-91 NBA187-586 (32.0)Portland Trail Blazers-341Denver Nuggets-1059Vernon Maxwell, Houston-172Michael Adams, Denver-564
1991-92 NBA207-626 (33.1)Milwaukee Bucks-371Milwaukee Bucks-1005Vernon Maxwell, Houston-162Vernon Maxwell, Houston-473
1992-93 NBA247-734 (33.6)Phoenix Suns-398Phoenix Suns-1095Dan Majerle, Phoenix/
Reggie Miller, Indiana-167
Dan Majerle, Phoenix-438
1993-94 NBA270-811 (33.3)Houston Rockets-429Houston Rockets-1285Dan Majerle, Phoenix-192Dan Majerle, Phoenix-503
1994-95 NBA450-1255 (35.9)Houston Rockets-646Houston Rockets-1757John Starks, New York-217John Starks, New York-611
1995-96 NBA483-1316 (36.7)Dallas Mavericks-735Dallas Mavericks-2039Dennis Scott, Orlando-267George McCloud, Dallas-678
1996-97 NBA496-1377 (36.0)Miami Heat-678Miami Heat-1865Reggie Miller, Indiana-229Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta-604
1997-98 NBA360-1042 (34.6)Seattle SuperSonics-621Houston Rockets-1670Wesley Person-Cleveland-192Wesley Person, Cleveland-447
1998-99 NBA223-658 (33.9)Houston Rockets-336Sacramento Kings-943Dee Brown, Toronto-135Dee Brown, Toronto-349
1999-00 NBA397-1125 (35.3)Indiana Pacers-583Sacramento Kings-1656Gary Payton, Seattle 177Gary Payton, Seattle-520
2000-01 NBA397-1124 (35.4)Boston Celtics-592Boston Celtics-1633Antoine Walker, Boston-221Antoine Walker, Boston-603
2001-02 NBA428-1209 (35.4)Boston Celtics-699Boston Celtics-1946Ray Allen, Milwaukee-229Antoine Walker, Boston-645
2002-03 NBA421-1204 (34.9)Boston Celtics-719Boston Celtics-2155Ray Allen, Milwaukee-Seattle-201Antoine Walker, Boston-582
2003-04 NBA425-1224 (34.7)Seattle SuperSonics-723Seattle SuperSonics-1936Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento-240Baron Davis, New Orleans-582
2004-05 NBA459-1292 (35.6)Phoenix Suns-796Phoenix Suns-2026Kyle Korver, Philadelphia/
Quentin Richardson, Phoenix-226
Quentin Richardson, Phoenix-631
2005-06 NBA470-1310 (35.8)Phoenix Suns-837Phoenix Suns-2097Ray Allen, Seattle-269Ray Allen, Seattle-653
2006-07 NBA498-1389 (35.8)Phoenix Suns-785Golden State Warriors-1967Raja Bell, Phoenix/
Gilbert Arenas, Washington-205
Gilbert Arenas, Washington-584
2007-08 NBA537-1485 (36.2)Orlando Magic-801Golden State Warriors-2185Jason Richardson, Charlotte-243Jason Richardson, Charlotte-599
2008-09 NBA545-1486 (36.7)New York Knicks-823New York Knicks-2284Rashard Lewis, Orlando-220Rashard Lewis, Orlando-554
2009-10 NBA527-1487 (35.5)Orlando Magic-841Orlando Magic-2241Aaron Brooks, Houston-209Aaron Brooks, Houston-525
2010-11 NBA530-1477 (35.8)Orlando Magic-770Orlando Magic-2103Dorell Wright, Golden State-194Dorell Wright, Golden State-516
2011-12 NBA423-1213 (34.9)Orlando Magic-670Orlando Magic-1785Ryan Anderson, Orlando-166Ryan Anderson, Orlando-422

Finally, the number of bigs who have adapted their games to include competency from long-range increased exponentially over the years, as illustrated by the table below, which tracks the number of fours or fives who have attempted at least 100 3-pointers in a season. Players listed played primarily power forward or center during the season during which they made the list.

YearName, Team3-Pt Shooting
1968-69Stew Johnson, New York-Houston (ABA)64-183 (35.0)
1972-73Stew Johnson, San Diego Conquistadors (ABA)37-133 (27.8)
1973-74Stew Johnson, San Diego Conquistadors (ABA)59-190 (31.1)
1974-75George McGinnis, Indiana Pacers (ABA)62-175 (35.4)
Stew Johnson, San Diego-Memphis (ABA)40-132 (30.3)
1979-80Larry Bird, Boston Celtics58-143 (40.6)
1986-87Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics54-145 (37.2)
Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers21-104 (20.2)
1987-88Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers44-157 (28.0)
Richard Anderson, Houston-Portland48-150 (32.0)
Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics33-109 (30.3)
1988-89Harold Pressley, Sacramento Kings119-295 (40.3)
Jack Sikma, Milwaukee Bucks82-216 (38.0)
Rod Higgins, Golden State Warriors66-168 (39.3)
Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers35-162 (21.6)
Richard Anderson, Portland Trail Blazers49-141 (34.8)
Russ Schoene, Seattle SuperSonics42-110 (38.2)
1989-90Jack Sikma, Milwaukee Bucks68-199 (34.2)
Rod Higgins, Golden State Warriors67-193 (34.7)
Bill Laimbeer, Detroit Pistons57-158 (36.1)
Brad Lohaus, Minnesota-Milwaukee47-137 (34.3)
Richard Anderson, Charlotte Hornets37-100 (37.0)
1990-91Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers44-155 (28.4)
Jack Sikma, Milwaukee Bucks46-135 (34.1)
Bill Laimbeer, Detroit Pistons37-125 (29.6)
Brad Lohaus, Milwaukee Bucks33-119 (27.7)
1991-92Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets64-166 (38.6)
Brad Lohaus, Milwaukee Bucks57-144 (39.6)
Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers32-137 (23.4)
Alexander Volkov, Atlanta Hawks35-110 (31.8)
Dennis Rodman, Detroit Pistons32-101 (31.7)
1992-93Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets91-243 (37.4)
Brad Lohaus, Milwaukee Bucks85-230 (37.0)
Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns67-220 (30.5)
Tom Gugliotta, Washington Bullets38-135 (28.1)
1993-94Sam Perkins, Seattle SuperSonics99-270 (36.7)
Tim Perry, Philadelphia 76ers73-200 (36.5)
Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns48-178 (27.0)
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets50-154 (32.5)
Tom Gugliotta, Washington Bullets40-148 (27.0)
Brad Lohaus, Milwaukee Bucks46-134 (34.3)
Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets38-121 (31.4)
1994-95Sam Perkins, Seattle SuperSonics136-343 (39.7)
Terry Mills, Detroit Pistons109-285 (38.2)
Danny Ferry, Cleveland Cavaliers94-233 (40.3)
Robert Horry, Houston Rockets86-227 (37.9)
Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns74-219 (33.8)
Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets81-210 (38.6)
Brad Lohaus, Miami Heat63-155 (40.6)
Rodney Rogers, Denver Nuggets50-148 (33.8)
Chris Webber, Washington Bullets40-145 (27.6)
Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets28-120 (23.3)
1995-96Danny Ferry. Cleveland Cavaliers143-363 (39.4)
Sam Perkins, Seattle SuperSonics129-363 (35.5)
Terry Mills, Detroit Pistons82-207 (39.6)
Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets67-183 (36.6)
Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns49-175 (28.0)
Brad Lohaus, San Antonio-New York51-122 (41.8)
Arvydas Sabonis, Portland Trail Blazers39-104 (37.5)
1996-97Terry Mills, Detroit Pistons175-415 (42.2)
Sam Perkins, Seattle SuperSonics122-309 (39.5)
Danny Ferry, Cleveland Cavaliers114-284 (40.1)
LaPhonso Ellis, Denver Nuggets95-259 (36.7)
Charles Barkley, Houston Rockets58-205 (28.3)
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets67-183 (36.6)
Henry James, Atlanta Hawks76-181 (42.0)
Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics52-159 (32.7)
Chris Webber, Washington Bullets60-151 (39.7)
Arvydas Sabonis, Portland Trail Blazers49-132 (37.1)
Derrick Coleman, Philadelphia 76ers32-119 (26.9)
1997-98Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics91-292 (31.2)
Chuck Person, San Antonio Spurs95-276 (34.4)
Keith Van Horn, New Jersey Nets69-224 (30.8)
Sam Perkins, Seattle SuperSonics87-222 (39.2)
Chris Webber, Washington Wizards65-205 (31.7)
Pete Chilcutt, Vancouver Grizzlies54-130 (41.5)
Arvydas Sabonis, Portland Trail Blazers30-115 (26.1)
1998-99Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics65-176 (36.9)
1999-00Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks116-306 (37.9)
Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics73-285 (25.6)
Rodney Rogers, Phoenix Suns115-262 (43.9)
Terry Mills, Detroit Pistons95-242 (39.3)
Keith Van Horn, New Jersey Nets84-228 (36.8)
Sam Perkins, Indiana Pacers89-218 (40.8)
Raef LaFrentz, Denver Nuggets60-183 (32.8)
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets79-177 (44.6)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers63-174 (36.2)
Larry Johnson, New York Knicks58-174 (33.3)
Derrick Coleman, Charlotte Hornets51-141 (36.2)
Donyell Marshall, Golden State Warriors49-138 (35.5)
Kenny Thomas, Houston Rockets32-122 (26.2)
Walter McCarty, Boston Celtics34-110 (30.9)
2000-01Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics221-603 (36.7)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks151-390 (38.7)
Tim Thomas, Milwaukee Bucks107-260 (41.2)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers80-253 (31.6)
Clifford Robinson, Phoenix Suns90-249 (36.1)
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets86-213 (40.4)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers70-207 (33.8)
Larry Johnson, New York Knicks51-163 (31.3)
Rasheed Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers52-162 (32.1)
Robert Horry, Los Angeles Lakers54-156 (34.6)
Raef LaFrentz, Denver Nuggets51-139 (36.7)
Sam Perkins, Indiana Pacers38-110 (34.5)
2001-02Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics222-645 (34.4)
Pat Garrity, Orlando Magic169-396 (42.7)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks139-350 (39.7)
Rasheed Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers114-317 (36.0)
Clifford Robinson, Detroit Pistons115-304 (37.8)
Eddie Griffin, Houston Rockets90-273 (33.0)
Raef LaFrentz, Denver-Dallas104-268 (38.8)
Robert Horry, Los Angeles Lakers76-203 (37.4)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Seattle SuperSonics66-157 (42.0)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers49-145 (33.8)
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves37-116 (31.9)
Wang Zhizhi, Dallas Mavericks48-116 (41.4)
Scott Padgett, Utah Jazz49-113 (43.4)
2002-03Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics188-582 (32.3)
Pat Garrity, Orlando Magic161-407 (39.6)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks148-390 (37.9)
Jumaine Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers111-314 (35.4)
Rasheed Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers110-307 (35.8)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Seattle SuperSonics104-293 (35.5)
Toni Kukoc, Milwaukee Bucks95-263 (36.1)
Clifford Robinson, Detroit Pistons87-259 (33.6)
Eddie Griffin, Houston Rockets64-192 (33.3)
Robert Horry, Los Angeles Lakers51-177 (28.8)
Keith Van Horn, Philadelphia 76ers65-176 (36.9)
Scott Padgett, Utah Jazz45-133 (33.8)
Rodney Rogers, New Jersey Nets44-132 (33.3)
Raef LaFrentz, Dallas Mavericks47-116 (40.5)
Mehmet Okur, Detroit Pistons38-112 (33.9)
LaPhonso Ellis, Miami Heat27-107 (25.2)
2003-04Vladimir Radmanovic, Seattle Supersonics140-377 (37.1)
Walter McCarty, Boston Celtics137-366 (37.4)
Donyell Marshall, Chicago-Toronto131-325 (40.3)
Clifford Robinson, Golden State Warriors112-314 (35.7)
Antoine Walker, Dallas Mavericks82-305 (26.9)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks99-290 (34.1)
Rasheed Wallace, Portland-Atlanta-Detroit82-248 (33.1)
Lamar Odom, Miami Heat61-205 (29.8)
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz68-201 (33.8)
Toni Kukoc, Milwaukee Bucks49-168 (29.2)
Rodney Rogers, New Jersey Nets50-152 (32.9)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers56-144 (38.9)
Brian Cardinal, Golden State Warriors55-124 (44.4)
Chris Crawford, Atlanta Hawks44-113 (38.9)
Robert Horry, San Antonio Spurs41-108 (38.0)
2004-05Donyell Marshall, Toronto Raptors151-363 (41.6)
Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns114-341 (33.4)
Antoine Walker, Atlanta-Boston110-341 (32.3)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Seattle SuperSonics128-329 (38.9)
Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons75-236 (31.8)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks91-228 (39.9)
Rael LaFrentz, Boston Celtics82-225 (36.4)
Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards71-208 (34.1)
Eddie Griffin, Minnesota Timberwolves67-204 (32.8)
Brian Cook, Los Angeles Lakers78-199 (39.2)
Bostjan Nachbar, Houston-New Orleans75-196 (38.3)
Clifford Robinson, Golden State-New Jersey67-193 (34.7)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers45-174 (25.9)
Walter McCarty, Boston-Phoenix55-155 (35.5)
Troy Murphy, Golden State Warriors59-148 (39.9)
Pat Garrity, Orlando Magic49-147 (33.3)
Robert Horry, San Antonio Spurs51-138 (37.0)
Scott Padgett, Houston Rockets50-126 (39.7)
Brian Cardinal, Memphis Grizzlies44-125 (35.2)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers36-117 (30.8)
2005-06Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons155-434 (35.7)
Donyell Marshall, Cleveland Cavaliers128-395 (32.4)
Antoine Walker, Miami Heat137-383 (35.8)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Seattle-LA Clippers138-354 (39.0)
Jumaine Jones, Charlotte Bobcats115-335 (34.3)
Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns96-290 (33.1)
Raef LaFrentz, Boston Celtics112-286 (39.2)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks110-271 (40.6)
Matt Bonner, Toronto Raptors102-243 (42.0)
Andres Nocioni, Chicago Bulls93-238 (39.1)
Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz80-234 (34.2)
Charlie Villanueva, Toronto Raptors70-214 (32.7)
Al Harrington, Atlanta Hawks66-191 (34.6)
Troy Murphy, Golden State Warriors58-181 (32.0)
Clifford Robinson, New Jersey Nets60-175 (34.3)
Toni Kukoc, Milwaukee Bucks45-147 (30.6)
Robert Horry, San Antonio Spurs53-144 (36.8)
Austin Croshere, Indiana Pacers54-140 (38.6)
Pat Garrity, Orlando Magic50-129 (38.8)
Scott Padgett, New Jersey Nets42-121 (34.7)
Tim Thomas, Chicago-Phoenix46-111 (41.4)
2006-07Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards138-379 (36.4)
Tim Thomas, Los Angeles Clippers136-356 (38.2)
Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz129-336 (38.4)
Antoine Walker, Miami Heat84-305 (27.5)
Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons104-296 (35.1)
Al Harrington, Indiana-Golden State127-293 (43.3)
Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors106-290 (36.6)
Donyell Marshall, Cleveland Cavaliers95-271 (35.1)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors100-268 (37.3)
Adam Morrison, Charlotte Bobcats87-258 (33.7)
Linas Kleiza, Denver Nuggets83-221 (37.6)
Andres Nocioni, Chicago Bulls80-209 (38.3)
Jorge Garnajosa, Toronto Raptors66-193 (34.2)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers54-182 (29.7)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks72-173 (41.6)
Robert Horry, San Antonio Spurs50-149 (33.6)
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks54-148 (36.5)
Troy Murphy, Golden State-Indiana58-147 (39.5)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Los Angeles Lakers40-118 (33.9)
Brian Cook, Los Angeles Lakers46-115 (40.0)
Walter Herrmann, Charlotte Bobcats53-115 (46.1)
Brian Scalabrine, Boston Celtics44-110 (40.0)
2007-08Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic226-553 (40.9)
Al Harrington, Golden State Warriors153-408 (37.5)
Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards120-354 (33.9)
Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons112-315 (35.6)
Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz114-294 (38.8)
James Posey, Boston Celtics106-279 (38.0)
Tim Thomas, Los Angeles Clippers83-271 (30.6)
Bostjan Nachbar, New Jersey Nets94-262 (35.9)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors90-261 (34.5)
Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers94-236 (39.8)
Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats71-221 (32.1)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks79-220 (35.9)
Shawn Marion, Phoenix-Miami66-198 (33.3)
Antoine Walker, Minnesota Timberwolves61-188 (32.4)
Charlie Villanueva, Milwaukee Bucks55-185 (29.7)
Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors53-181 (29.3)
Ryan Gomes, Minnesota Timberwolves59-179 (33.0)
Ime Udoka, San Antonio Spurs61-165 (37.0)
Eduardo Najera, Denver Nuggets53-147 (36.1)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs46-137 (33.6)
Al Thornton, Los Angeles Clippers43-130 (33.1)
Brian Cook, LA Lakers-Orlando43-115 (37.4)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers31-113 (27.4)
Travis Outlaw, Portland Trail Blazers40-101 (39.6)
2008-09Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic220-554 (39.7)
Al Harrington, Golden State-New York171-470 (36.4)
Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers161-358 (45.0)
Matt Barnes, Phoenix Suns117-341 (34.3)
Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards112-319 (35.1)
Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons113-319 (35.4)
Andres Nocioni, Chicago-Sacramento124-311 (39.9)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors119-291 (40.9)
Steve Novak, Los Angeles Clippers119-286 (41.6)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs118-268 (44.0)
Charlie Villanueva, Milwaukee Bucks89-258 (34.5)
Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder96-247 (38.9)
Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz90-202 (44.6)
Ryan Anderson, New Jersey Nets69-189 (36.5)
Tim Thomas, LA Clippers-New York-Chicago78-189 (41.3)
Boris Diaw, Phoenix-Charlotte75-181 (41.4)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks61-170 (35.9)
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers56-164 (34.1)
Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets48-140 (34.3)
Spencer Hawes, Sacramento Kings40-115 (34.8)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers33-103 (32.0)
2009-10Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic168-423 (39.7)
Al Harrington, New York Knicks140-409 (34.2)
Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns172-392 (43.9)
Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers128-333 (38.4)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors121-325 (37.2)
Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder104-312 (33.3)
Rasheed Wallace, Boston Celtics82-290 (28.3)
Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons99-282 (35.1)
Antawn Jamison, Washington-Cleveland85-247 (34.4)
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks81-241 (33.6)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs90-231 (39.0)
Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz82-213 (38.5)
Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic78-211 (37.0)
Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats66-206 (32.0)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers58-182 (31.9)
Anthony Tolliver, Portland-Golden State50-152 (32.9)
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers48-138 (34.8)
Brad Miller, Chicago Bulls37-132 (28.0)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks51-121 (42.1)
Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons36-115 (31.3)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Charlotte-Golden State30-108 (27.8)
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves35-106 (33.0)
Michael Beasley, Miami Heat28-102 (27.5)
2010-11Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns171-439 (39.0)
Ryan Anderson, Orlando Mafic134-341 (39.3)
Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets117-328 (35.7)
Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons125-323 (38.7)
Danilo Gallinari, New York-Denver103-293 (35.2)
Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers91-263 (34.6)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs105-230 (45.7)
Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats78-226 (34.5)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors77-223 (34.5)
Shawne Williams, New York Knicks85-212 (40.1)
Jeff Green, Oklahoma City-Boston64-211 (30.3)
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves88-211 (41.7)
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers68-178 (38.2)
Vladimir Radmanovic, Golden State Warriors70-173 (40.5)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks66-168 (39.3)
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks51-154 (33.1)
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks36-121 (29.8)
Brad Miller, Houston Rockets40-107 (37.4)
2011-12Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic166-422 (39.3)
Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets101-303 (33.3)
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves105-282 (37.2)
Steve Novak, New York Knicks133-282 (47.2)
Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers91-267 (34.1)
Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns91-263 (34.6)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs105-250 (42.0)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks78-212 (36.8)
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves37-138 (26.8)
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns43-124 (34.7)
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors34-115 (29.6)
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks51-112 (45.5)
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks28-109 (25.7)
Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons32-106 (30.2)
Donte Greene, Sacramento Kings25-105 (23.8)

Once thought of as a gimmick for the little guy, the 3-point shot is now much more of an equal-opportunity weapon, with shooters small and large alike making their living off being able to put those long balls in the hole.

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