Step Aside KD, Kyrie & Harden! The Unheralded Brooklyn Nets Player Becoming a Record NBA 3-Point Shooter

Published 02/22/2021, 3:06 PM EST
Joe Harris (12) (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Brooklyn Nets are the talk of the town, the belle of the ball. They are winning NBA games like it is a piece of cake; currently on a 6-game streak.

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But while the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden may be getting all the plaudits, there is an unknown quantity who may have quietly been the difference-maker.

That player is none other than Joe Harris. The forward has been their sniper from the three-point line. In fact, he is leading the NBA in three-point efficiency this season (50.2%).

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Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) grabs a loose ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Harris on course to make NBA history

For ardent followers, making three-point shots at a 40% efficiency is equal to or better than going 50% from inside the arc. Hence, Harris’ numbers are even more noteworthy. But can he keep up and finish the season as a 50% + three-point shooter?

Well, if he does, then he will join an exclusive club. A club that includes Golden State Warriors‘ coach Steve Kerr. Only 3 players in the illustrious history of the league have ever gone a full season at this efficiency, with at least 200 shots made. They are Steve Kerr, Tim Legler, and Jason Kapono.

Harris crossed the half-way mark this past week against the Los Angeles Lakers. Speaking of the Lakers, he bucketed 7 out of the 10 threes that he attempted.

Meaning he is not a flat track bully but can also show up in the most important matches. Kendrick Perkins even called him the best player on the court.

Brooklyn Nets’ way of playing bringing the best out of Harris

Many believed that with KD, Kyrie, and Harden, no other player will get a good look at the ball. But that has somewhat proven to be a blessing in disguise for Harris. While those three are out handling the ball and getting defenses’ attention, Harris can sneakily make his way to a corner.

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He’s getting a lot of open looks and he’s making them too. He is shooting a ridiculous 59.4% on wide-open threes this season (41-69), the best in the league, and a big reason his overall three-point shooting percentage is sticking up over the 50% mark.

And long may it continue for Steve Nash & Co. If things keep falling in place for them like this, not even the Lakers can stop the Nets from lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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