Recently, Pacers.com ran down the most-prolific 3-point shooters in Pacers` history.
Naturally, we all know who holds the number-one spot and number two shouldn´t come as any surprise either. But it is always interesting to see these lists, since the 3 has become such an increasingly large part of the game.
Generally, old guys — even those known as long-range assassins, like Chuck Person — get overtaken by the more modern fellas who simply took way, way more.
Here is the full top 10, which includes three players who started the 2013-14 season on the team.
10. George Hill – 279
9. Brandon Rush – 295
8. Jamaal Tinsley – 340
7. Austin Crosher – 376
6. Mike Dunleavy – 408
5. Troy Murphy – 419
4. Chuck Person – 466
3. Paul George – 483
2. Danny Granger – 964
1. Reggie Miller – 2,560
I wouldn´t call these guys the quote-unquote best shooters in Pacers history.
Who are then?
That`s hard to definitely say after Reggie.
My number two would have to be Chris Mullin, who while aging when he was wearing the blue and gold still could line em up with the anyone (making an insane 44.1% of his 3s in Indiana), and was one of the most accurate shooters the sport has ever seen in his days at Golden State and St. John´s University.
The next tier would be guys like Person, Danny Granger, Sam Perkins, and James Jones. It`s hard to truly put any of those guys above the other, though if I needed a big triple late and Mr. Miller wasn´t an option, I´m handed the ball to the Rifleman.
Then again, all those guys would probably have to fall back a spot — and you could even argue Mully would have to — if we include Peja Stojakovic. Now, Peja only stopped by the Hoosier State for a hot second, so it`s hard to really consider his stint influential enough to rank so highly in Pacers lore. But he did his 91-of-225 (40.4%) of his treys as a Pacer, and is arguably a better shooter than even Chris Mullin.
The next class of players, including the likes of Paul George, Kareem Rush, Brandon Rush, and Troy Murphy. Pacer fans may have their favorites out of this bunch — and I´m sure I´m forgetting another top shooter or two — but we`re now down to the point where the rankings are more about preference than objective shooting talent.
For further context here is a full list of the most-accurate 3-point shooters in Pacers history, per Basketball-Reference.com.
10. Byron Scott – 38.3%
9. Erick Strickland – 38.8%
8. Sam Perkins – 38.8%
7. Kareem Rush – 38.9%
6. James Jones – 39.4%
5. Reggie Miller – 39.5%
4. Brandon Rush – 40.2%
3. Peja Stojakovic – 40.4%
2. Troy Murphy – 41.3%
1. Chris Mullin – 44.1%
This, combined with the list of the most-prolific bombers, gives us a the picture of which guys have shot the most and who has made them most efficiently.
So, after Reggie, who you got?
Who are the 10 best 3-point shooters in Pacer history?