The 2014 NBA Playoffs have reached the conference finals stage and the Indiana Pacers surged to an early series lead with a blow-out victory over the Miami Heat.
The Pacers can thank in large-part their three-point shooting for the victory, an impressive 42% which dwarfed the Heat’s 26%. Shooting can still decide playoff games, so let’s see who the best postseason shooters are…
5. Kenny Smith- 44%- 117/261
Before Smith was the enigmatic TNT analyst, he was a smooth shooting point guard with Houston. Smith played in five playoff campaigns, all with Houston and had a strong showing, leading the team to titles in 1994 and 1995.
4. B.J Armstrong- 45%- 51/113
Another title winning shooter, Armstrong was a role player on the Chicago Bulls dynasty that won in 1991,1992 and 1993. Armstrong played a rather larger role in ’93 than in other years when he went 21-of-41 from beyond the arc.
3. Matt Bullard – 45% - 27/59
Certainly not a great volume shooter, but Bullard was a dependable shooter with great size. At 6’10”, he also contributed on the boards. Bullard was also a member of the 1994 Houston team, which won the NBA championship. Those threes mean titles.
2. Raja Bell – 46% - 81/174
The first player on this list not to win a championship, Bell was a high-volume shooter in the Steve Nash led Phoenix Spurs of the early 2000’s. However, despite his lack of rings, Bell will still go down as a sharpshooter from three-point land.
1. Bob Hansen- 50% - 38/76
Again, not a high volume shooter but its difficult to maintain a 50% success rate over eight playoff seasons. His greatest performance came in the 1987-88 season when he went 19 of 36 from three-point range. He finished his career as a part of the 1992 Chicago Bulls title winning team.