The absolute best shooters of this NBA decade
The absolute best shooters of this NBA decade, As the Toronto Raptors hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy in June, they put a punctuation mark at the end of a wild NBA decade.
The 2010s will go down as one of the league’s most successful periods, and the decade will be remembered for a couple signature trends: the rise of 3-point shooting and analytics. Shooting skills have always been vital in the NBA, but they became paramount this past decade.
The league leaned heavily into analytically correct shot selections that promoted 3-point shooting while minimizing midrange looks, resulting in an awakening that has reformed pro hoops. Most of the biggest shots of the decade came from beyond the arc — Ray Allen’s dagger from the right corner, Kyrie Irving’s Game 7 step-back. Before Stephen Curry won his first MVP in 2014-15, no NBA MVP had led the league in 3-point scoring. Now, three of the past five winners have.
This decade belonged to shooters, and these 10 were the very best. Although there’s still no perfect metric to quantify shooting skill, the top shooters in the game are able to combine volume and efficiency in ways normal NBA players can’t. These aren’t simply the guys with the highest 3P%, eFG% or TS%. They created and converted thousands of difficult shots from all over the court at high rates.
In a decade obsessed with shooting efficiency, these fellas reformed the ways we look at scoring in pro basketball.