Top 5 Three-Point Shooters in Spurs History
By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs have a prized franchise history.
Whether it’s a list of terrific players in their history. Whether it’s their five NBA titles or their 20 division titles. The one thing the Spurs have had in their franchise is terrific three-point shooters. Many of these players were selected by the Spurs, if not they came in for a season or two to help the team win games.
The Spurs have had some elite shooters, but some didn’t play on the Spurs long enough to qualify. Steve Kerr is the most efficient three-point shooter in NBA history. The sharpshooter shot 45% from distance in his career. The problem is that Kerr played in just over 200 games with the Spurs.
Chuck Person held the franchise record for threes (190) made in a season until Danny Green broke it this season. Person only played with the Spurs for three seasons, if not he would’ve definitely made this list.
The final honorable mention is Steve Smith. Smith only played with the Spurs for two seasons, but in 2002, he made 47% of his threes, leading the league.
Next: 5. Michael Finley
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5. Michael Finley
Michael Finley made 490 threes with the Spurs.
In his four full seasons with the Spurs he shot at least 36% each season. He ranks sixth in Spurs history in threes despite playing in just over four seasons with the team.
In 2006-07 he helped the Spurs to a championship. Finley averaged 9 points that year, while shooting 36% from distance. His best three-point shooting season with the Spurs came in 2008-09 when he shot 41% from beyond the arc.
While on the Spurs, Finley was out of his prime. However, Spurs fans got to see the former two-time All-Star work his magic with the Dallas Mavericks earlier in his career.
Spurs fans will always have a place for Finley, despite his stellar play for a rival opponent.
Next: 4. Matt Bonner
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4. Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner is as one-dimensional of a player as they come. He is strictly a three-point shooter. Bonner has been on the Spurs since 2006, making him one of the longest tenured Spurs players.
Bonner’s numbers will never jump out at anyone, but he is a smart player that can shoot the ball well. Unlike most players on this list, Bonner struggles to get open, but when he is open, you can count on it going in.
His best season came in 2008-09, when Bonner averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. He shot 44% from distance that season as well. Bonner is a career 41% three-point shooter. He shot a career best 46% from long range in 2011, leading the league in the category.
Bonner ranks third in Spurs history with 641 threes made.
Bonner is also a two-time NBA champ.
At 35-years old, Bonner’s time is running up, but he will still be called upon to make shot or two.
Next: 3. Bruce Bowen
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3. Bruce Bowen
Strangely enough, Bruce Bowen’s strong suit is not as a three-point shooter. Bowen was an elite perimeter defender in his 13-year career. Bowen made a combined eight NBA All-Defensive Teams. He was feisty and fearless, a player most hated going up against.
Bowen also has his fair share of threes in his career. Bowen ranks second in Spurs history with 661 three-pointers made. As a Spurs player, Bowen shot it at 41% from long range. His best season came in 2004-05 when he averaged 8.2 points.
His best shooting season with the Spurs came in 2009, when he shot 43% from distance.
Bowen is also a three-time NBA champion.
Bowen will always be remembered for being a brutal free-throw shooter (58%), strange for a good three-point shooter. No one will forget his “dirty” defense either.
Next: 2. Danny Green
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2. Danny Green
Danny Green isn’t as high on the Spurs three-point shooting leader list as most players on here. The one thing Green does better than most, is shoot it at a higher clip. Green is currently fourth in Spurs history in three-point percentage (42%). He is also fourth in threes made with 609.
His best season came in 2014-15, when he averaged 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. Green’s 191 threes made last season also marked a franchise record, previously held by Chuck Person (190).
Green also has the most threes in NBA Finals history with 27 against Miami in 2013.
Like Bowen, Green is a terrific defender despite not having the accolades. Green is quickly turning into one of the better “three-and-D” wings in the entire league.
At 28-years old he has a solid opportunity at becoming the best shooter in Spurs history.
Next: 1. Manu Ginobili
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1. Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili is considered one of the best players in Spurs history, he is also one of the best international players of all-time. Ginobili isn’t your “typical” three-point shooter, he is a terrific playmaker and slasher as well.
Ginobili’s 1,272 three-pointers place him atop the Spurs franchise leaders and it’s not close. Bowen is second with 661 threes. This means that Ginobili has made nearly double the threes anyone has made in a Spurs uniform. He is a respectable 37% three-point shooter in his career.
Ginobili is a four-time NBA champ and a two-time All-Star. What makes Ginobili such a respectable player is that he was willing to come off the bench most of his career.
Spurs fans know that the 38-year old’s career is coming to an end soon, but they don’t mind a few more big shots from the star.