With the NBA’s regular season in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware for the league’s statistical leaders.
Here are the top five 3-point field goal leaders from the 2013-14 NBA season.
#1) 261 – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
For the second year in a row, Steph Curry led the NBA in 3-point field goals. His 272 3-point field goals last year (2012-13) set a new NBA single season record, and his 261 bombs this year ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time list. But Curry is not only a volume scorer from downtown. His career 44.0% from 3-point range is third best in NBA history, trailing only Steve Kerr and Hubert Davis.
#2) 223 – Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
After finishing third in the NBA with 211 3-point field goals in 2012-13, Klay Thompson upped his game to hit 223 in 2013-14 and finish second, trailing only his teammate Steph Curry. It was a year ago when Golden State head coach Mark Jackson boldly proclaimed Curry and Thompson to be, “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game.” With their 1-2 finish this year, Jackson just may have been on to something.
#3) 218 – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
After being named the NBA’s 2012-13 Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard earned an All-Star selection this year, and his 3-point shooting was a huge part of his success. Lillard upped his 36.8% 3-point shooting as a rookie to 39.4% this year. It’s almost scary to imagine what the explosive point guard is capable of next year.
#4) 204 – Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns
Without a doubt, Gerald Green is the most surprising name to appear on this list. The Suns became Green’s fifth team in his seven year NBA career, and he was supposed to be a backup to the Goran Dragic-Eric Bledsoe combination in the back court. But with Bledsoe limited to just 43 games due to injury, Green more than filled the void. Green’s 204 3-pointers in 2013-14 nearly doubled his total from his first six seasons in the league, and his 40.0% from downtown set a new career high.
#5) 201 – Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers
It’s nice to see a player as consistent as Wes Matthews finish on a list of league leaders and receive some much deserved recognition. There isn’t anything flashy or spectacular about his game, but Matthews is the kind of reliable shooter that simply makes his team better. In 2013-14 Matthews shot right at his career average of 39% from the 3-point line while playing in all 82 games, helping Portland to become one of the league’s most overachieving teams.