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The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever

Updated February 9, 2020 1.4k votes 77 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 Curry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Stephen Curry

    Point guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Career FT percentage: .9053 %

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    Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    15

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Career FT percentage: .9043 %

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    Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    14

    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

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

    Career FT percentage: .9039 %

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    Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    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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    Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    7

    Chauncey Billups

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Number1

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

    Career FT percentage: .8940 %

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    Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Rick Barry

    Small forward

    Age75

    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 Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    17

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age63

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

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Career FT percentage: .8857 %

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    Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

    Career FT percentage: .8948 %

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    Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    20

    Reggie Miller

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Career FT percentage: .8877 %

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    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    8

    Kevin Durant

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

    Career FT percentage: .8826 %

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    Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    10

    Calvin Murphy

    Point guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNorwalk, Connecticut

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

    Career FT percentage: .8916 %

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    Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Career FT percentage: .8787 %

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    Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Career FT percentage: .8889 %

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    J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    15

    J. J. Redick

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceCookeville, Tennessee

    Number4

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

    Career FT percentage: .8903 %

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    Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Scott Skiles

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceLa Porte, Indiana

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

    Career FT percentage: .8891 %

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    Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    21

    Kyrie Irving

    Point guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

    Career FT percentage: .8769 %

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    Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    2

    Isaiah Thomas

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number22

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    Career FT percentage: .8723 %

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    Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Bill Sharman

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 87 (1926-2013)

    BirthplaceAbilene, Texas

    TeamsWashington Capitols, Boston Celtics

    Career FT percentage: .8831 %

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    Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    5

    Jeff Hornacek

    Shooting guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceElmhurst, Illinois

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

    Career FT percentage: .8770 %

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    Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Earl Boykins

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

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

    Career FT percentage: .8758 %

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    Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    17

    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8768 %

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    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Chris Paul

    Point guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Career FT percentage: .8694 %

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    Khris Middleton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Khris Middleton

    Small forward, Forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Number32

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8727 %

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    D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    2

    D. J. Augustin

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Number14

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Career FT percentage: .8638 %

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    Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever
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    Mo Williams

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    Number5

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

    Career FT percentage: .8708 %

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