Top 10 Active NBA 3-Point Leaders

At this point, we all know Stephen Curry is king when it comes to 3-pointers. The Golden State Warriors star is one of the greatest shooters of all time and ranks at the very top of all active 3-point leaders in the NBA today.

However, several other superstars rank prominently on that list. Here are the top 10 active 3-point shooters currently playing in the NBA. (Note: All numbers accurate as of Dec. 7, 2021.)

10. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time. However, he’s also a great shooter, especially for his size, given he stands at 6-foot-10.

Durant has hit 1,694 career 3-pointers so far and made most of them during his nine seasons on the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (1,143). He also hit 427 on the Warriors before moving to the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. KD has since made over 120 with the Nets through his first season-plus on the team (he was injured in 2019-20).

9. Wesley Matthews, Milwaukee Bucks

Wesley Matthews, who is one of the top active 3-point leaders in the NBA today.
Wesley Matthews of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts during a game against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 22, 2019. | Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Wesley Matthews might be a name you didn’t expect to see here, but his 1,731 career long-range field goals put him at No. 9 among the active 3-point leaders in the NBA.

Matthews has made threes for seven different teams, most of them coming in a Portland Trail Blazers uniform (826). However, he also hit 616 for the Dallas Mavericks and has made over 100 in two separate stints with the Milwaukee Bucks.

8. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

It’s pretty impressive that Klay Thompson is on this list considering he missed both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons due to injury.

Thompson has made 1,798 career 3-pointers so far, all coming with the Warriors. His elite abilities from deep have also helped him and Stephen Curry become one of the most dangerous backcourts of all time, leading to the two winning three NBA championships together.

7. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

Paul George, who is one of the top active 3-point leaders in the NBA today.
Paul George of the LA Clippers shoots over Royce O’Neale of the Utah Jazz during the 2021 NBA Playoffs. | Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Sure, fans love making fun of Paul George for his past struggles in the playoffs, but he has become one of the greatest scorers — and shooters — in the NBA today.

George has made 1,825 career 3-pointers so far, with 897 of them coming in his seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers. His shooting, though, has improved tremendously since his Pacers days as he hit 536 in two seasons with the Thunder and has made over 390 in a little over two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.

6. Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat

Kyle Lowry, who is one of the top active 3-point leaders in the NBA today.
Kyle Lowry of the Miami Heat reacts to a call against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 8, 2021. | Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Kyle Lowry has had a long, successful career and maybe hasn’t quite received the appreciation he deserves.

Lowry’s 1,872 outside makes put him at No. 6 among the active 3-point leaders in the NBA. He made 1,518 with the Toronto Raptors and 253 on the Houston Rockets after only sinking 56 in his first few seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s now looking to climb the leaderboard even further with his play on the Miami Heat, who he joined in 2021. Lowry has hit 45 deep shots in Miami so far.

5. JR Smith

JR Smith (also known as JR Swish) has been a walking bucket throughout his NBA career. No, he hasn’t played since the 2019-20 season and is currently a collegiate golfer at at North Carolina AT&T, but given he hasn’t officially retired yet, he’s still on this active list.

Smith has made 1,930 long-range shots in the NBA, hitting 768 with the Denver Nuggets and 585 alongside LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith also made 443 on the New York Knicks after sinking 133 at the beginning of his career with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

In his six games with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-20 season, Smith also added one more long-range make.

Whether he’s currently on a team or not, JR is still one of the best shooters out there.

4. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James is known for being one of the top two players of all time, but he didn’t enter the league as a shooter.

However, he has developed into a dangerous threat from long range, making 2,013 career 3-pointers so far. The King made 1,251 in his 11 seasons with the Cavaliers and 365 with the Heat. He’s now close to 400 in his three-plus seasons with the Lakers.

3. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Whenever Damian Lillard takes the court, you know it’s Dame Time. Lillard has only been in the NBA since 2012, but he has become one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen.

Spending his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers so far, Lillard has made 2,106 long-range shots in Portland. He even drained as many as 275 in 2020-21.

2. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets

One of the most lethal scorers the league has ever seen, James Harden has made his way to No. 2 on the active NBA 3-point leaders list with 2,503.

Harden started his career as a third option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he still made 320 long-range shots in OKC. However, during his Houston Rockets tenure, The Beard was one of the most prolific scorers in league history, making 2,029. He has since made over 150 with the Nets since joining Brooklyn during the 2020-21 campaign.

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry, who is one of the top active 3-point leaders in the NBA today.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a basket during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 8, 2021. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

There’s not much to say about Stephen Curry that hasn’t already been said. He’s easily the greatest shooter to ever walk planet Earth and will soon rank No. 1 among all 3-point leaders in NBA history.

Curry has made 2,958 threes in his career, all with the Warriors, and will likely make the all-time mark close to unreachable. Steph has led the league in long-range makes in six different seasons, draining as many as 402 in 2015-16.

All the previously mentioned players are great, but Curry is the greatest shooter to ever live. Every time the ball leaves his hands, it’s likely going in.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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