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San Antonio Spurs: Ranking the 5 best pure shooters

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2. Doug McDermott

Even though he wasn't one of the biggest names in the 2021 free agent class, Doug McDermott addresses a huge need for the San Antonio Spurs. Going back to his Creighton days from 2010-14, McDermott has been an absolute marksman on the basketball court. Just look at his college 3-point percentage by year:

2010-11: 40.5%
2011-12: 48.6%
2012-13: 49.0%
2013-14: 44.9%

Those are insane numbers -- 48.8% percent in his middle two years on 3.8 attempts per game? Geez. To add to that, McDermott had a true shooting percentage of 65.2 in college and has a 59.1 true shooting percentage mark in the NBA. Both of those numbers rank him first among the five on this list, and it's not even that close.

Doug's 45.8% shooting from the outside in college was also first in this group while his NBA 3-point shooting percentage of 40.7 is second to only number one. So what keeps McDermott from the top spot in my rankings?

One, McDermott's 35.7% shooting from between 16 feet and the 3-point line is much lower than I'd expect. For comparison, Dejounte Murray shoots 43.2% from that area in his career and has shot 45.6% from there over the last two seasons.

Secondly, even though it's a small sample size of 15 games, Doug's 3-point percentage dips significantly to 31.3% in the postseason. He shot just 2-for-17 in his last two playoff series with the Indiana Pacers.

Lastly, even though McDermott is still one of the best shooters in the league, there's still one that's proven to be slightly better.