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The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever

Updated February 9, 2020 1.5k votes 87 voters52 items

List RulesVote up the players who can be counted on when they reach the line.

The best free-throw shooters in NBA history are the players teams want at the foul line with the game resting in the balance. They are the players who know how to get to the line and contribute big points with their free-throw shot.

Even though he spent most of the 2019-2020 NBA season injured, Stephen Curry still has the highest FT percentage in NBA history, and as one of the best pure shooters the game has ever seen, Curry is just as valuable to his team from the foul line as behind the arc. Only two players besides Curry have a career free-throw percentage higher than 90 percent: Steve Nash and Mark Price. Other top free-throw shooters from NBA history include Peja Stojakovic and Ray Allen.

So check out this list of the best NBA players ever to hit the free-throw line, and vote up the guys you would want at the line if your team needed two free throws to go in.

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  • Stephen Curry1
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    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Career FT percentage: .9053 %

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  • Steve Nash2
    72
    15

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Career FT percentage: .9043 %

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  • Mark Price3
    57
    14

    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

    Career FT percentage: .9039 %

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  • Chauncey Billups4
    41
    7

    Chauncey Billups

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

    Career FT percentage: .8940 %

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  • Ray Allen5
    42
    8

    Ray Allen

    Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8939 %

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  • Rick Barry6
    50
    18

    Rick Barry

    Small forward

    Age76

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

    Career FT percentage: .8931 %

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  • Larry Bird7
    48
    18

    Larry Bird

    Small forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceWest Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Career FT percentage: .8857 %

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  • Peja Stojaković8
    47
    20

    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

    Career FT percentage: .8948 %

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    #11 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#53 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Reggie Miller9
    44
    21

    Reggie Miller

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Career FT percentage: .8877 %

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  • Kevin Durant10
    32
    10

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

    Career FT percentage: .8826 %

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  • Calvin Murphy11
    32
    11

    Calvin Murphy

    Point guard

    Age72

    BirthplaceNorwalk, Connecticut, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

    Career FT percentage: .8916 %

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    #111 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#83 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Dirk Nowitzki12
    27
    5

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Career FT percentage: .8787 %

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  • Damian Lillard13
    45
    27

    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Career FT percentage: .8889 %

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  • J. J. Redick14
    34
    15

    J. J. Redick

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceCookeville, Tennessee

    Number4

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

    Career FT percentage: .8903 %

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  • Scott Skiles15
    25
    7

    Scott Skiles

    Point guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceLa Porte, Indiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8891 %

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  • Kyrie Irving16
    32
    21

    Kyrie Irving

    Point guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

    Career FT percentage: .8769 %

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  • Isaiah Thomas17
    15
    2

    Isaiah Thomas

    Point guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number22

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    Career FT percentage: .8723 %

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  • Bill Sharman18
    24
    15

    Bill Sharman

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 87 (1926-2013)

    BirthplaceAbilene, Texas

    TeamsWashington Capitols, Boston Celtics

    Career FT percentage: .8831 %

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  • Jeff Hornacek19
    14
    5

    Jeff Hornacek

    Shooting guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceElmhurst, Illinois

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

    Career FT percentage: .8770 %

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  • Earl Boykins20
    22
    17

    Earl Boykins

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

    Career FT percentage: .8758 %

  • Kyle Korver21
    21
    17

    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8768 %

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  • Chris Paul22
    8
    1

    Chris Paul

    Point guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    Number3

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Career FT percentage: .8694 %

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  • Khris Middleton23
    10
    4

    Khris Middleton

    Small forward, Forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Number32

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8727 %

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  • D. J. Augustin24
    2
    2

    D. J. Augustin

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Number14

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Career FT percentage: .8638 %

  • Mo Williams25
    11
    7

    Mo Williams

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    Number5

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8708 %