NBA / Sep 27, 2010 / 12:30 pm

1 NBA Player. 1 Three. Who Takes The Shot?

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller

The rainy day here in NYC has us talking in the office about the best NBA three-point shooters of all-time. And while the conversation started on Twitter, we wanted to bring it to the faithful at DimeMag.com as well. So if you needed one triple, and had any NBA player at your disposal, who do you go with?

When we raised this question online, these were the top five names mentioned: Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Chuck Person and Robert Horry. Realizing that we’re not talking about the best three-point shooter of all-time, or who would win in a contest, but if you need a three to go down, who do you have take the shot?

Who takes it?

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  • Billy3343

    Scott Pollard

  • JAY

    It’s a tie for me…. I’d give it to Legend or Cheryl’s brother.

  • Nizzio

    Past: Reggie Miller
    Present: Ray Allen
    Clutch: Kobe Bryant

  • atticusmitch

    Jesus Shuttlesworth

  • Big Mike

    Larry Legend…. Not even close!

  • bada bing

    kobe, every time

  • http://dimemag.com Young

    Kobe…. Nuff said

  • Fly-Boi

    I might catch some heat for this, but I just checked Vince Carters career gamewinners before coming here…dats shit wuz utterly rediculous he without a doubt has the deepest range in the league, he shoots it effortlessly,with accuracy…I’d go with Vince for the last shot, but give me Kobe if I trying to come down from 20 in the 4th with 3 min. to go.

  • http://slamonline.com Art Mo

    KOBE KOBE KOBE EVERYTIME!!!!
    REGGIE IN A DISTANT SECOND
    AND JERRY WEST THIRD

  • ST

    Larry bird…he’s extreme clutch – reference – 1985 team

  • atticusmitch

    @1

    hahahaha awesome

  • Crew Dizzy

    The Mamba

  • Fly-Boi

    There is a reason why Vince is second to Kobe in gamewinners over the past 10 years, just wish he did it in the playoffs more often…I might catch some heat for this, but I just checked Vince Carters career gamewinners before coming here…dats shit wuz utterly rediculous he without a doubt has the deepest range in the league, he shoots it effortlessly,with accuracy…I’d go with Vince for the last shot, but give me Kobe if I trying to come down from 20 in the 4th with 3 min. to go.

  • Fly-Boi

    There is a reason why Vince is second to Kobe in gamewinners over the past 10 years, just wish he did it in the playoffs more often…I might catch some heat for this, but I just checked Vince Carters career gamewinners before coming here…dats shit wuz utterly rediculous he without a doubt has the deepest range in the league, he shoots it effortlessly,with accuracy…I’d go with Vince for the last shot, but give me Kobe if I trying to come down from 20 in the 4th with 3 min. to go. There is a reason why Vince is second to Kobe in gamewinners over the past 10 years, just wish he did it in the playoffs more often…

  • http://www.TheProductBand.com Kermit The Washington

    If I’m running a play for a 3, I’m having Ray-Ray shoot that.

    Like Nizzio said, in the clutch you gotta go Kobe for some reason. He just seems to have the ability to hit shots that he shouldn’t even TAKE, and if a play breaks down in a last-second situation you just might need one of those off-balance, twisting, fading, double-teamed miracles he’s hit with slight consistency over the years.

  • bugs bunny

    nonsense, the legend would be the only one to bring the ball up the court and shoot a 3
    reggie and ray, need screens or transition game

    but I guess the voters are mainly from NY and can’t forget what reggie did to them…

  • http://www.fukoff.com Chicagorilla

    LMAO@ The KIDS picking Kobe or Mamba. Youngins still wet behind the ears. Anyway give me Larry Legend or Reggie Miller if they have to manufactor their own shot against defense. Give me Steve Kerr if its a spot up open shot.

  • IP

    DFish. Not an all-star by any means but a clutch 3 point shooter.

  • jace

    good ol reginald miller.

    mainly because i grew up in his era. and ive experienced that dagger dozens of times. i couldve said larry legend like most people will, but doesn’t feel right to say someone that i’ve never watched in a live game.

  • JAY

    I’m with ST and Big Mike.

    I can’t say I’m shocked with the majority going with Kobe. People have short term memories.

    Either that or dudes are just too young.

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy

    I would take Boom Dizzle circa 2002.

  • nola

    Legend, Nash, Kobe. But no matter how much I think Legend and Nash are better shooters, I’d still go to Kobe in the clutch always.

  • William See

    Reggie “Boom Baby” Miller

  • George W Kush Sr

    Can’t quite decide between Horry and Miller. Anybody who seen Miller knows the boy was pretty much automatic in clutch situations, but then you have CheapShot Bob who basically made a living ripping hearts out for LA and San Antonio.

    I’d have to go with Miller’s twiggy, alien looking punk ass.

  • kiphaka

    KD in a heartbeat

  • http://www.onthenet.biz Khalvin

    Past
    Open Shot.. Steve Kerr, John Paxon
    Contested.. Reggie, Larry

    Present
    Open Shot.. Ray Allen
    Contested.. Kobe

  • control

    Last 3 at the buzzer I seen Kobe shoot, he tossed up an air ball and Ron Ron (and his therapist) saved the day. Of course, Kobe fanboys will do that “it was a actually a pass!” line or something.

    I think Tim Duncan is 100% from the 3 for game winners…haha.

    For current players, I’d probably take Steve Nash, I can’t think of him not making something happen when he’s had to at the end of the game.

    Reggie Miller was also brutal, everytime I seen him go up at the last second, there would be almost no doubt that he’s going to knock it down.

  • chris

    no love for nowitzki and nash?

    and i wouldn’t pick allen after those stinkers he put up in the finals.

  • Jo Dezzy

    Would have to say Steve Nash pulling up in transition, reggie coming off a screen, kobe if the play breaks down or Larry Legend on the drive and kick.

  • LMNOP

    Its gotta be Reggie. He was the best at running off screens and creating space, we all know he is the greatest 3pt shooter ever and he wasn’t just clutch, he ENJOYED breaking hearts with the flick of a wrist.

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy

    Maybe I’ll take John Stockton with the 3 (playoffs) that ended Charles Barkley’s career in Houston. Anyone remember that?

  • the_don_mega

    reggie…

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy
  • Dayinho

    Kobe in the regular season maybe…

  • bballfan

    Rodney Stuckey

  • jason

    gilbert arenas…does anyone forget all the game winning or buzzer beating 3’s he has…he has ridiculous range too…i read that his deep 3 pt percentage is higher than his mid range percentage

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.brogden BINO BANG OUT

    I’m kickin’ out to CRAIG HODGES. Early!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.brogden BINO BANG OUT

    I’m kickin’ out to CRAIG HODGES. Early!

  • Shakers

    Kobe has airballed his share of game-ending threes (because he takes such tough shots) and Reggie is really overrated (his greatness at MSG overshadows the fact that he never even made an All-NBA 2nd team). Give me Larry Legend all day. That step back, behind his head shot from a guy that’s 6’9″ was too deadly.

  • money

    Reggie Miller. 2 3 pointers. 8 Points in 8 seconds to steal the game. Amazing

  • JAY

    You kids are crazy. This comes down to 2 players… Reggie and Larry. Kobe may have hit more clutch shots in total but nobody has hit more 3s in the clutch than Larry or Reggie. Reggie hit 4 or 5 on the Knicks in the 4th quarter when he scored 25 in the final 12 minutes. He also hit 2 in a span of 3 seconds. Kobe never did shit like that. And the vast majority of Kobe’s clutch 3s have taken place in the regular season.

    You guys are crazy.

  • dagwaller

    Co Sign Jo Dezzy. Respect for Ray Allen and Gil Arenas, possibly Dirk Nowitzki.

  • Mike “Yahoo! Exclusive” Mihalow

    Robert Horry. How many rings does he have?

  • money

    @ Robocop’s video:
    lol at the 5:37 mark, when was the last time Jerry Sloan displayed that much joyful emotion? I don’t watch too many jazz games so it might be my bad but generally when i see him his face is so deadpan

  • ShadyKidd

    2007 Agent Zero.

  • jason

    one of the sickest game winners of all time is the one where gil raises up for the 3, and turns and walks away with his hands up before the ball splashes through the net….i mean thats just cold blooded….

  • JAY

    @Shakers: “Reggie is really overrated (his greatness at MSG overshadows the fact that he never even made an All-NBA 2nd team”
    – Who cares? I may be wrong, but has Ray Allen made any All-NBA 2nd team?? Does it take away from him being one of the greatest shooters to ever play?? No. We’re talking 3-pt shooters. Specialists.

    That’s like saying Rodman and Big Ben are overrated because they didn’t make an All-NBA 2nd team. Everyone is talking crazy in here.

  • http://www.TheProductBand.com Kermit The Washington

    LOL @ Control tryna look old-school…steve kerr, huh? Ok…
    Of course, I’d pick Larry Legend or Steve Kerr if it’s a 3 POINT CONTEST, but for a much-needed 3 point bucket in-game, I’m on some MJ/Reggie (past) or Ray/Kobe (present)

  • K Dizzle

    He gettin no love today except in Aron’s intro, but Chuck Person was STONECOLD. I remember Pacers-Celtics and Chuck hittin ridiculous 3s…..repeatedly.

    My list got the usual tho:
    Reggie, Larry, Kobe
    Wanna throw Jerry West onto that list too. When your nickname is Mr Clutch and you got range like the Logo,
    you make this list by default.
    Damn shame there was no 3 pt line when West played or his career numbers would be ridiculous

  • me

    what does an all nba 2nd team have to do with taking ONE THREE POINTER?

    Absolutely nothing.

    Reggie didn’t play defense.

    anywho, bird or miller. I’d prolly take miller because he’s more mobile and could draw a foul if he didn’t get a good look, with his kicking his feet out and all.

  • dh

    if i coached kobe, reggie and bird on the same team, i would run a play for reggie to take the last shot, with bird in-bounding and kobe setting a screen for reggie then heading to the corner for option #2. option #3, the ball goes back to bird.

  • SJ

    Reggie for sure.

    Timmy D for 2nd choice!

  • downtown_brownclown

    reggie miller… :) nuff said… kobe? hell naw… i’d take rayray over kobe, ‘coz guys… we are talkin’ bout threes… :) if it’s just a game winner… then kobe, but threes? reggie miller in a heartbeat. :)

  • charlie g

    darko.

  • Rod

    We dont tie we got for Ws around here… so its Mr 4pt play Jamal Crawford

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy

    Sean Elliot, Larry Johnson, Rex Chapman, Dell Curry, Allan Houston, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Hornacek, Dirk?

  • flavur

    Larry Legend first
    Reggie Miller second
    Vince Carter third

  • WinDelRoj

    Situational entirely.

    From the half court: Reggie Miller
    Full Court: MJ

    Didnt see enough Larry Bird up close so it doesnt really feel right to put him in there. MJ just didnt lose. that competitive spirit people talk about with Kobe. I think MJ was way badder. Reggie Miller? annoying as F*** but the fact is hed run you off a million screens, jump off of either foot, turn either direction, and still hit it.

  • K Dizzle

    Oh hell no!!!!

    Please don’t bring in the Michael Jordan better than Kobe thing again. Not in this case.
    Two things Kobe definitely got on Mike is range and 3 pt gamewinners or threes to tie…

  • http://www.slcdunk.com AllthatJazz / Amar

    Trent Mutha fukhing Tucker, kids!

  • K

    Ray Allen. with the amount of clutch threes hes hit over the years its not even close to me

  • http://slamonline will

    i would either have ray allen nd bring in a 2 guys not in the conversation either dwyane wade or bernard king b4 he got hurt.

  • WinDelRoj

    Kobe is a better 3pt shooter than MJ better percentage with more attempts. Just personal opinion. Reggie Miller would be getting that 3 99% of the time.

  • Notorious

    Give me Basketball Jesus everytime. He can shoot it in their eye, then turn around in midflight and hold that broken finger up in the air as the ball hits nothing but net. The Legend.

  • Bizz

    Any player ever? I’ll take MJ. He’ll take a 2, + the foul (biased refereeing)…then go to the line to make the free throw LMAO…or make a 2, steal the inbounds pass, and find a way to win….and to me, nobody was more clutch than MJ, so despite the fact he’s not a 3 point shooter, I’d STILL put the ball in his hands.

  • superfreak

    @ Chicagorilla

    co-sign 100%. if anyone watched the Larry/ Reggie era, they’d never put Kob in front for hitting a game winning 3…

  • jason

    larry bird himself marveled at how amazing of a long distance shooter kobe is, said he never had the strength to pull up and take the shots kobe can take and make

  • http://www.netshype.blogspot.com netstar

    killer kobe
    or reggie

    ice water

  • LakeShow84

    I’d roll with Reggie Miller cuz he was that dude from the 3 land..

    And for the record id throw Kobe in 2nd..

    And it aint got shit to do with homerism or being too young.. Ask Portland if Kobe cant hit clutch 3’s.. Cuz if memory serves me correctly dude bombed a game tier and then a game winner in OT just for homecourt throughout the playoffs.. u talkin 2 clutch 3’s in one game.. yeah i’d take the kid all day..

    i had to say something guys sorry lol

  • LakeShow84

    And f#$k Ray Allen lol smug bastid..

  • Dnice

    Larry Legend

  • raffi

    +1 for Larry Legend

  • arisloco

    Agent Zero

  • ab40

    larry bird. maybe steve kerr

  • hooper5013

    Bird then Ray Ray…pure damn shooters in their primes. It was unfair.

  • Stunnaboy09

    @Lakeshow

    That’s basically everybody is point, you guys are using short term memory for this. Hell to me all things considered I’d rather have Fish taking a clutch 3 than Kobe.

    Legend and Miller are 1/2 no way around it.

    If its open then give me Kerr lol

  • pH13

    like the list but the one that stands to me is “the Hick from French Lick” … can we add Nash to the list as well?

  • Rizwan

    Steve Nash
    Larry Legend
    Reggie
    MJ
    Kobe
    and..

    Gilbert Arenas was surprisingly clutch a few years back, I could see myself trusting him. (PS, in no way am I comparing him to any other of the guys on that list)

  • Witness

    KOBE DUH

  • Rainman

    most ppl that say Kobe are kobe Jocks…

    ALL TIME? ur trippin.

    TODAY? sure, even if Kobe isnt the best 3 point shooter, but if theres a last shot ANYWHERE on the floor, i’d want Kobe Taking it.

    but ALLL TIIIMEEEE? Give Me Either Larry Bird, or Reggie Miller.

    (all time i’d definatley even pick Jordans outside shot in the clutch over Kobe’s….maybe lol)

  • JH

    Miller Time…

  • Voshon Lenard

    Voshon Lenard

  • TripleDouble

    Larry Effin’ Legend… do some history work, kids…

    Reggie Miller is a so close 2nd…

  • Omar

    easy, Larry Bird

  • Dagger

    Obviously Bird, apparently more people need to study the league’s history.

  • silky

    pg: nash/van exel
    sg: starks/reggie
    sf: larry bird
    pf:larry johnson/dirk
    c: sabonis
    6th:rifleman
    coach: del negro

  • silky

    pg: nash/van exel
    sg: starks/reggie
    sf: larry bird
    pf:larry johnson/dirk
    c: sabonis
    6th:rifleman
    coach: del negro
    gm: kerr
    president: bird
    owner:jordan

  • jzsmoove

    wtf???? i had to scroll 48 posts before i saw a reference to Michael Jordan. whats wrong with you guy? in the clutch, or in traffic, or creating his own shot,or from deeeeep, jus get out of the way. That thing is booked.

    Very close 1A is Reggie Miller.
    2A and 2B are Bird and Ray Allen.

    These are people that when they release, u are surprised that the rock did not go in.

  • bobby stew

    @silky
    glad to see u included Van Exel.
    Honorable Mention: BJ Armstrong

  • southboy

    The post says one three…..that means clutch! And the captain of meaningful clutch 3Point shots is Robert Horry….but reggie miller has done it more than anyone night in and night out time after time regular season and playoff time.

    1.Reggie
    2.Robert
    3.Kobe

  • sh!tfaced

    RAJON RONDO hands down…

  • rban

    Mr. Big Shot

    Chauncey Billups

  • surfnaked

    how about MJ?? reggie miller probs

  • Ian

    reggie miller 1st reggie miller 2nd nash 3rd bird 4th elliot 5th

  • QRJ12

    off screen :ray allen
    isolation :kobe bryant
    Clutch :reggie miller
    Deep : vince carter

  • mytiman

    Depends on the situation:
    Regular season: Ray Allen
    Playoffs: Reggie Miller
    Finals: Larry Bird
    Game 7 of the Championship series: Kobe Bryant

    Surprising to see Jordan not on everyone’s list. :)

  • ricky ross

    hahah not even close. reggie miller anyday over any player for hitting the shot. i guess i can see why jordans not on the list.. cuz its a 3 point shot

  • top_gun

    Are you guys nuts ? Steve Kerr first of all can’t create his own shot. If he had a defender on him, he wouldn’t make the shot. Horry is pretty much the same.

    Some people mentioned Gilbert Arenas and I would pick him too. He can make one handed threes. Who the hell even needs to make one handed threes ? He’s definately the one I’d trust with the game on the line.

    People are going to say this is all based on the 2007 season where he had several game winning 3’s, but in reality, he no regular shooter. Has the speed, the moves, the range, to get the shot off as well as make the shot.

  • Ian

    mytiman
    surprising you pick the worst of the 4 for the win on game 7. kobe over bird and reggie for a big three? hell na

  • JAY

    There’s some guys in here trying to throw names into the hat… obviously trying to prove they know shit. FYI, the only proof your putting on the table is u lack knowledge. Lol

    John fucking Starks?? <— genius
    Larry Johnson? <— only if Antonio Davis is guarding him
    Steve Kerr?? <— let's run an iso for him and watch him go to work. Coach will be fired THAT NIGHT
    J. Crawford?? WTF? You have a pick of any player in history and u go with Skinny? That's bananas.

  • Big Mark

    Everybody needs to throw a sleeper in the mix, and his name is Glen Rice! Think about it!