In today’s Daily Dime, Tim Legler discusses the best jump shooters in the NBA. The first names he mentions are Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, Toronto guard Jason Kapono, Utah guard Kyle Korver and Laker forward Vladimir Radmonovic.
Detroit guard Richard Hamilton, New Orleans forward Peja Stojakavic, Phoenix guard Steven Nash, Boston guard Ray Allen and Portland guard Rudy Fernandez also drew mentions from Legler.
Lelger explains a statistical achievement called the 170 club. To be a member, you must shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 80 percent on free throws.
“That is the biggest hallmark of what a truly great shooter is. Not only is he a great 3-point shooter but he takes good enough shots from other spots on the floor that he’s over 50 percent overall. There are only a few guys each year that can finish the year in the 170 club. It’s a good measuring stick to see what guys have a lot of versatility as a shooter.”
Unsurprisingly, no Piston is on pace to make the cut this year.
In case you’re wondering, Chauncey Billups doesn’t qualify, either. His percentages add up to 172, but his field-goal percentage (41.8) and 3-point percentage (39.3) are short of the necessary marks.
The last Detroit player to technically earn inclusion in the club was Scott Hastings in 1990-91. In 23 games, he shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28), 75 percent from behind the arc (3-of-4) and 100 percent from the free-throw line (13-of-13).
The last Piston to make a legitimate claim to the club was Joe Dumars in 1989. He made 50.5 percent from the field, 48.3 percent on 3-pointers and 85 percent on free throws for a total of 183.8.
Just five players in the league technically belong in the club so far this year.
Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has made 8-of-16 3-pointers, and Phoenix power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is 3-0f-7 from downtown.