NBA 2017-18: Top 10 3-Point Shooters for the Season so far
The 2018 NBA All-Star break is upon us, a time for all teams to take a break to rest up, rejuvenate themselves and get ready for the short dash to the end of the regular season. This holds true for every member of the team - players, coaches, training staff, etc.
For the players involved in the weekend's festivities, there is no rest with the various NBA Cares events but it is a good break to get out of grind and zone that the regular season games require. As writers and the media, it also gives us the change to re-access all the teams, take a look back at the season so far and predict the major storylines and teams for the short second half of the season.
Speaking of accessing the teams, let's take a look at the players. Here are the 10 best three-point shooters through the first half of the season:
Note: Here are a couple of cut-offs for this list:
- The number of three's attempted by players should be above league average (2.7). [According to statmuse.com]
- The players should have featured on at least half of the number of team games played so far (at least 27 games).
#10 Kyle Korver - Cleveland Cavaliers
Stats: 43.1% shooting on 5.3 attempts (56 games)
He could easily feature on a top 10 of the greatest shooters ever (a 43.1% three-point shooter for his career), so it's a little surprising to see Kyle Korver, in his pure shooting role off the bench, at the bottom-most spot on this list. A lot of that has got to do with the slight decrease in minutes (21.3 mins as compared to 26.1 mins last season) he has seen so far this season.
For a majority of the first half of this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to establish an identity and other than their 13-game win streak in November, they struggled to do so and that hurt Korver's position in the rotation.
Given the team's two positive wins with their new recruits, it remains to be seen whether Korver's playing time sees an increase or not. He is, at the end of the day, a relative liability on defense but he was a huge factor for the team in last year's Playoffs and if they decide to fall back on him once again, trust Korver to climb these charts by the end of the season as his minutes see an increase.