Former Nets Coach Names his Top NBA All Time Shooters: Steph Curry or Klay Thompson Not on Top

Published 01/25/2021, 12:17 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a missed shot during the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA has evolved drastically when it comes to three-point shooting. When the league had just started off, very few of the shots were made from downtown. But a decade ago, the numbers rose and continue to rise even now. But within these statistics, who would be the top shooters? Well, it looks like David Nurse has his list ready and Steph Curry isn’t on top.

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Steph Curry is not No.1?

David Nurse was the former Brooklyn Nets shooting coach and now an NBA trainer. Therefore, an opinion about who takes the title of the best shooter as per him is of great importance. While there were some obvious names on his list, there was also one surprising choice.

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His top choice was Kyle Korver, and not for the reasons one would expect. He stated, “I am going to go… because I grew up with him, good friend Kyle Korver. I am going a little biased, but he is number one. All-time, right there. He knew his strengths, and he focused on it.”

If Curry wasn’t at least second, this list wouldn’t hold any significance. If there is anybody in the league right now, who’s shooting they can blindly depend on, it is the Warriors superstar. “Steph Curry, unbelievable! I am going with number two for him.”

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) as he shoots in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson gets No. 4

Going a little old-school, he kept Reggie Miller on third, but he absolutely loves Klay Thompson. “I am going to go four, Klay Thompson. I have worked with him a few times, I was literally in awe and my jaw dropped because his form is just so amazing and consistent every single time,” he explained.

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He concluded the list with ‘Pistol Pete’ or Pete Maravich. “He averaged 44 a game, he had to be a great shooter,” said Nurse. “We never saw too much of him but come on, You’re putting up those kinds of numbers, you have got to be a great shooter.”

Shooters are very valuable for any team. They ensure they keep their team in a winning position, which makes all shooters great in their own way. However, if you had to pick, who would be your top 5 shooters of all time?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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