Morrow About to Make History

NBA All-Time Leaders: 3-Point Percentage
  Player G 3PM 3PA 3P%
1 Steve Kerr 910 726 1599 0.454
N/A Anthony Morrow 147 246 546 0.451
2 Hubert Davis 685 728 1651 0.441
3 Jason Kapono 467 448 1020 0.439
4 Drazen Petrovic 290 255 583 0.437
5 Steve Nash 1026 1498 3472 0.431
6 Tim Legler 310 260 603 0.431
7 B.J. Armstrong 747 436 1026 0.425
8 Daniel Gibson 259 367 868 0.423
9 Wesley Person 733 1150 2754 0.418
10 Anthony Parker 381 472 1133 0.417
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On media day this September, Nets head coach Avery Johnson was asked about the shooting stroke of his new guard, Anthony Morrow.

“It’s effortless,” Johnson said. “He makes threes in his sleep.”

Morrow doesn’t have the prettiest form or the quickest release, but it’s the results that count. And Morrow’s jumper gets results.

As an undrafted rookie playing Nellie-ball two seasons ago, Morrow led the league by hitting 46.7 percent of his threes. Last season, he increased the volume (from 184 to 307), but kept shooting at an efficient rate, ranking fifth at 45.6 percent.

The best 3-point shooter over a two-year span, Morrow earned a three-year contract with the New Jersey Nets, where he has been asked to spread the floor for Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. He made an immediate impact, nailing a game-winning three in the Nets’ opener against the Pistons.

And now with 246 threes made in his career, Morrow is about to earn his place among the greatest shooters of all-time.

To qualify for the all-time 3-point shooting list, you need to make 250 threes. So Morrow is four bombs away. As he stands, at 45.1 percent, he would rank second all-time, but if he were to go 4-for-4, he would be shooting 45.45 percent and rank No. 1, ahead of Steve Kerr.

That may be tough to pull off, but as long as Morrow hits four threes in his next 20 attempts, he’ll rank ahead of Hubert Davis and qualify as the second best 3-point shooter in NBA history.

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John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. Send him an e-mail or follow him on twitter.

15 Comments

  1. anonymous says:

    This is the guy that Miami Heat needs to spread the floor aside form James Jones.

  2. Joseph says:

    Where is Ray Allen and Reggie Miller on that list? Why they’re not on the top 10…

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  4. Hoopster says:

    It will be interesting to see were his percentage ends up if he reaches 910 games played. I will bet my socks that it will be no where near steve kerr’s mark.

  5. jonathan says:

    steve nash is the best 3 point shooter of all time i think, considering everyone on that list are spot up shooters(open 3 pointer) non of them have to create their own shot, while nash rarely gets to spot up because he is the play maker on the team, he shoots from mismatches, around screens and on the dribbles most of the time and he is able to achieve such a high percentage and with the most 3s on that list. he is completely on another level against these guys.

  6. vendi1 says:

    I wish this article had pointed out that, great a shooter as Steve Kerr is, the three-point line was closer to the basket for a lot of the time he was in the league. And Drazen Petrovic, I believe, was shooting bombs from even farther out than Morrow. Kudos to Anthony Morrow, and Go Nets!

  7. nervio says:

    wow look at steve nash, so many 3fga and such a high %

  8. gabrielusa911 says:

    What’s amazing is he has that high percentage with that ugly looking shot

    • Gordon Bombay says:

      Ugly? Not at all. It’s all about basketball shooting mechanics.

      He squares up his shoulders, uses one fluid motion, keeps his right elbow in, elevates at the same time as he draws up his arms, releases at the peak of his jump, and he uses a full follow-through every time. He’s got nearly perfect mechanics, but it just doesn’t look as pretty as Stephen Curry’s does.

  9. RB Love says:

    Morrow is the latest graduate of the Golden State Warriors NBA Star prepartory school they run here in Oakland. Recent graduates include; Matt Barnes, Michael Pietrus, Baron Davis, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Antawn Jamison off the top of my head. Alumni include Wilt Chamberlain, Robert Parish, Jamaal WIlkes, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, Chris Webber, Latrell Sprewell,

  10. batyrn says:

    The best thing about his record is that he makes the highest number of 3 pointers per game of anyone on this list. Let’s see if he can sustain it over his career. One knock I have against him is his inconsistency. I have him on my fantasy team and I never know what he will provide. It can be a passive output or quite nice one. If he were a bit more assertive, which I hope will come as he adjusts to the new system.