What makes a pure shooter? It’s not a guy that goes out their and scores 40 or 50 points. It’s the guy that can pull up from anywhere on the court and let it fly. Here is a list of some of the top pure shooters in the NBA and what makes them great.
J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers
Since his days at Duke J.J. has been proclaimed a pure shooter spending hours in the gym at Cameron Indoor Stadium working on his shot. When he got to the NBA, it has been no different during his 11 years in the NBA. He has averaged only 12 points a game, but his career field goal percentage of 47 and 41 percent from the three-point line makes him an elite shooter. These numbers mean he is lights out from inside and out something you only find in pure shooters. JJ comes off screens very well and can pull up from anywhere on the court especially from the three point line.
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
The seventh overall pick out of Indiana has always been viewed as a pure shooter with comparisons to Mitch Richmond. Gordon was named to the 2008 All-Rookie team in 2008 where he averaged 16 points a game shooting with a field goal percentage of 46 and a three point percentage of 39. In 2017, he would win the three-point contest at All-Star weekend, defeating Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker in the final. Gordon would also take home Sixth Man of the Year in 2017 playing for the Houston Rockets. What makes Eric a pure shooter is that he has great court vision and moves well off picks to find a open shot. When he finds the open shot he can knock it down from anywhere on the court something you only truly see in excellent shooters.
Kyle Korver, Cleveland Cavaliers
Since his days lighting it up playing for the Creighton Blue Jays, Korver has always been known as a pure shooter. Over his 17 years in the NBA, he has seen not only his field goal percentage climb, but also his three-point percentage. For his career, he has shot at 44 percent from the field and 43 percent from three and those numbers show why Korver is considered, by many around the league, as a pure shooter. Heck, he was even given the nickname “The Machine Gun” for his quick release and precise shooting. One of the best shooters that moves without the ball as he always finds a way to get open. During a game on November 13th, 2017 against the New York Knicks, Korver helped lead the Cavaliers to a come from behind victory with scoring 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
As one half of the “Splash Brothers”, Klay has been splashing shots all around Oracle Arena since entering the league in 2011 out of Washington State University. He is averaging 19 points per game for his career and is shooting at a 46 percent clip from inside of the three-point arc. Outside of the three-point arc, Thompson is still lights out firing at a 42 percent clip. The 2016 NBA All-Star three-point champion and the two-time NBA Champion continues to get better year-by-year in the NBA and having a teammate like Steph Curry next to you doing his thing makes the “Splash Brothers” one of the most deadly backcourts in the NBA. Against the Indiana Pacers in 2016, Klay scored 60 points in only 29 minutes! During that game and during most of his games, he moved very well off screens and without the ball. He was pulling up from anywhere on the court finding an opening and drilling the shot with nice arc over defenders.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry is the other half of the “Splash Brothers” and also known as “Chef Curry” due to the fact that he cooks up long distance shots. Curry has been labeled as one of the most pure shooters in NBA history dating back to his days at Davidson University. During his nine years in the NBA, Curry has won two Most Valuable Player awards in 2014 and 2015 and he is a career 44 percent shooter from three. Curry will spend hours and hours in the gym perfecting his shot. He will also spend hours in the film room studying game film and seeing what is needed to improve his game and his shot. Dedication like that proves on a daily basis that if you want to be the best shooter in the NBA you’ve got to put in the work. Steph sometimes makes it too easy when he shoots, he can pull up from anywhere on the court even from way behind the three-point stripe and somehow the shot goes in. He finds a way to tickle the twine often.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Booker might be the youngest player on this list, but he is quickly becoming one of the best pure shooters in the NBA. “Book” has averaged 13 points per game only to see the numbers rise in year two. He is averaging 22 points per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point land. During his 70-point game he was making shots inside and out. He was hitting mid-range jumpers and squaring up from downtown. He went 21-for-40 from the field alone. Book was 4-for-11 from three-point land and the most impressive stat was him going 24-for-26 from the free throw line. He had his full shooting display going that night and gave a glimpse as to not only the kind of star he can be, but a lethal shooter as well.