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San Antonio Spurs: 2017-18 season 3-point leaders at NBA All-Star Break

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 13: Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs grabs the rebound against the Denver Nuggets on February 13, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 13: Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs grabs the rebound against the Denver Nuggets on February 13, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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After 59 games, which shooters have stood out among the rest on the San Antonio Spurs?

It’s all about 3-point shooting in the NBA. Teams formed their rosters to become more athletic, with a trend away from players that work under the basket and toward the 3-point arc. The San Antonio Spurs were one of the last teams that adopted this, even though they started the season with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge and worked inside-out.

Midway through the 2017-18 season, the Spurs rank No. 19 in 3-point percentage at 35.7. They also take the fifth fewest shots behind the arc at 24.6 per game.

As for individual performance, the Silver and Black have over half of their roster above 30 percent from 3-point range. Five, not including Derrick White (he played in just 16 games), topped 35 percent. Let’s look at who they are, along with the rest of the roster (via Basketball-Reference):

Pau Gasol’s 39.8 percent places him at the top, with 1.7 attempts per game. It’s three fewer attempts than Patty Mills and Danny Green, but still enough to grab the top spot. Will Gasol’s numbers slip on the bench, though?

Bryn Forbes’ 37.6 percentage through 59 games established a consistency in his second NBA season, with this as the first full one. It’s a step forward towards him as a fixture on the Spurs bench for years to come, pending he stays after hitting restricted free agency this offseason.

In maybe Manu Ginobili’s final season, he has a 34-percent mark from long range. It ranks for sixth on the team, without factoring White’s numbers.

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How will the 3-point list look at the end of the season for the Spurs? Who will top the list as the best 3-point shooter for the 2017-18 season?

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