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The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History  

Brandon Oliver
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List Rules Vote up the NBA sharpshooters who can seemingly hit threes with their eyes closed.

The three-point shot changed the game of basketball since it was implemented during the 1979-1980 NBA season. It gave players a chance to expand their offensive weapons while opening up the paint for the big men. But the long ball isn't for everyone. It takes special skills, poise, and confidence. These sports stars and incredible athletes have all mastered the art of the three, and have killed it from beyond the arc, either currently, or during their illustrious NBA careers.

From top NBA players like Larry Bird, Ray Allen, Steve Kerr, and Jason Kidd, to younger players raining down threes on the court today (can you say "Dame Time"?), having solid players beyond the arc is key. The three-point shot has become an essential part of any basketball team's game plan, and great outside shooters help keep the pressure off the big guys inside. Plus, game-winning threes, clutch buzzer beaters, and dramatic long shots are epic to watch and make for legendary highlight reels. Good three-point shooters can change the game in an instant.

The players on this list all built their reputation in the league as the deadliest shooters from beyond the three-point line, but who is the best of the best? These NBA stars have insanely high career three-point averages and many have won numerous NBA Three-Point Shootouts during All-Star Week, proving their three skills.

Vote up the athletes with the most reliable three-point shots below - those guys you'd want to get the ball to when just two points won't get the job done.

Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History
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Curry became a legend in college after leading the tiny Davidson University to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. His legend only grew once he was drafted into the NBA, where he immediately became the most feared jump shooter in the league.

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History
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Simply put, Ray Allen's jumper is legendary. His picture-perfect form, smooth delivery, and quick release give Allen a leg up on the competition. Every time he steps on the court it's a clinic in how to take, and make, long jumpers.

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History
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If you needed someone to come up with a clutch shot from behind the arc, Miller was your man. He had ice in his veins and could light up the scoreboard in a matter of minutes with his three-point barrages. Just ask the New York Knicks.

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History
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Bird didn't shoot three-pointers in the same volume that many others on this list did, but winning the first three NBA Three-Point Shootout titles tells you all you need to know. Perhaps the biggest testament to "Larry Legend" is that he is probably the last player the opposing team would want to have the ball at the end of a game, no matter how far he was from the hoop.

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