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The 10 Worst 3-Point Shooters in NBA History

In today’s NBA, you can’t win a championship without having a few quality shooters. Pace and space is the name of the game for multiple franchises around the league as front offices look to form their own version of the Golden State Warriors. The thing is, not everyone can hit shots from deep, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. We know who the NBA 3-point leaders are, but now we’re going to look at the worst 3-point shooters of all-time (minimum 1,000 attempts).

10. Jamaal Tinsley, 29.9%

Jamaal Tinsley was the No. 27 pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and had a respectable 10-year career. He spent a majority of his time in Indiana, and he averaged 8.5 points per game to go along with six assists. He was a solid scorer, but he wasn’t a threat from deep at all. Tinsley’s highest 3-point percentage was 37.2%, which he did in back-to-back seasons starting in 2003.

9. Reggie Williams, 29.8%

A former top-five pick in the NBA Draft, Williams had a respectable nine-year career in the league. He averaged more than 12 points per game, and even though the deep ball wasn’t as popular during his era, he didn’t have a problem hoisting it up. He shot a career-best 40.9% in the 1990-91 season playing for three different teams, but all in all, he remains one of the worst 3-point shooters the league has ever seen.

8. Derrick Coleman, 29.5%

The Syracuse icon had a very good NBA career and is a borderline basketball Hall of Fame candidate. He averaged more than 16 points and nine rebounds per game, but he was never a threat from long range. Coleman shot a career-low 21.2% in the 1998-99 season.

7. Dwyane Wade, 29.2%

Dwyane Wade is one of the worst-3-point shooters in NBA history
Dwyane Wade isn’t good from long range. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

When he retires at the end of the 2018-19 season, Dwyane Wage will officially cap off what is surely a Hall of Fame career. Always in the conversation for the best shooting guard in the league during his prime, Wade’s biggest weakness on the court was shooting from behind the arc. He never shot more than 33% from three during his career, but it didn’t stop him from averaging 22 points per game for his career.

6. Isaiah Thomas, 29.0%

One of the toughest two-way guards of his generation, Isaiah Thomas was also a fierce competitor on the court. He didn’t shy away from shooting from long range, even though he is one of the worst 3-point shooters in NBA history. The Hall of Fame guard shot a career-worst 19.4% in the 1986-87 season, but he averaged over 20 points per game that year.

5. Ron Harper, 28.9%

Known for his tough defensive play on the Chicago Bulls teams of the ’90s, the five-time NBA champion Harper tried to make plays for the offense when he could. The problem was, he wasn’t very good at scoring from deep. He put up over 13 points per game for his career but shot a career-low 15% on 3-pointers in his second year in the league.

4. Josh Smith, 28.5%

One of the flashiest dunkers the NBA has seen over the last two decades, Smith also wanted to round out his game by shooting threes. It’s a noble goal, but the problem is he remains one of the poorest 3-point shooters in the history of the game. Smith took and missed a ton of them. Arguably the craziest stat of his career came in the 2009-10 season, where he attempted just seven threes the entire season, and missed all of them.

3. DeMar DeRozan, 28.4%

DeRozan is one of the highest-paid players in the NBA, and his game fits well in San Antonio. He attacks the basket with the best players in the league, and he has an excellent mid-range game. What he doesn’t have is range from behind the arc. He is in our top three of worst 3-point shooters of all time with good reason. Teams dare him to shoot, and most of the time that dare turns into a long rebound and easy transition buckets. With less than 10 games left in the 2018-19 season, DeRozan was shooting just over 16% from deep. Unless he improves his shot during the offseason, DeRozan could see himself at the top of our list before too long.

2. Corey Brewer, 28.2%

Corey Brewer has been a career journeyman, playing for eight teams during his 11-year NBA career. A part of the reason he has bounced from team to team is his poor 3-point shooting. He has been a double-digit scorer in the past but shot a career-worst 19.4% during his rookie year with the Timberwolves.

1. Charles Barkley, 26.6%

One of the greatest power forwards to step onto the hardwood, Charles Barkley was a ferocious scorer during the prime of his career. And The Round Mound of Rebound was one of the best working the glass. Averaging over 22 points per game during his career, he shot over 30% from three just twice in his 15-year career. Sir Charles is one of the best players in NBA history, but he also holds the dubious honor of being among its worst 3-point shooters, too.

Will any more active players make the list?

Now that we have seen the 10 worst 3-point shooters of all time, are there any other current players you see making the list? Oklahoma City stud Russell Westbrook makes a little more than 30% of his long-range shots, which is more than the players on this list can say. Only time will tell if his struggles from deep make Westbrook one of the most futile 3-point shooters in league history.