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2018-19 Regular Season: The leaders in Three-Pointers made so far

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
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465   //    04 Feb 2019, 01:09 IST

The modern-day league is shifting towards the 3-and-D style of play
The modern-day league is shifting towards the 3-and-D style of play

Perimeter shooting is becoming an integral part of modern age NBA basketball, and to a large extent, the teams possessing efficient shooters from long-range nowadays, pose a greater threat to the opposition than the ones who don't.

Coaches and players have tapped into the aforementioned tectonic shift and are encouraging the fact that 3 is always better than 2. Led by generational shooters like Curry, Thompson of the Warriors, the affinity to take shots from the distance and get better returns for slightly higher risk, is on an upward scale.

The change can be attributed to various factors - one them could be the Warriors dynasty being based on long-range shooting - but what the ongoing season has proven without a doubt, is that the growing significance of a shot from the deep is undeniable.

With more than half of the season done and dusted, we have at our disposal, some concrete analytics on the front being discussed. This piece will deal with the individual accomplishments of some exceptional talents in terms of three-point shooting, and to be precise, total Three-pointers made in the 2018-19 season.

Let's skim through the Top 5 Players with the most made three-pointers this season so far.

Note: The following standings are subject to change in the future as the regular season progresses.


#5 Kemba Walker - 165

Kemba Walker was named an All-Star starter from the Eastern Conference recently.
Kemba Walker was named an All-Star starter from the Eastern Conference recently.

There are no two ways to say this. Kemba Walker is an offensive beast with proven ball handling wizardry.

He is averaging a career-high 24.6 points per game this season and will share East's backcourt with Kyrie Irving, come All-Star weekend. Although he shot relatively better in the past couple of seasons from three-point land, his efforts from deep this season are still good enough to bag him 165 made three-pointers across the 52 games he has played so far.

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Kemba has attempted a heap of 460 threes this year and still managed to maintain a decent 36% conversion rate. His awe-inspiring ability to beat the defender off the dribble makes it easier for him to create space for an uncontested trey every now and then.

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