The Decade's Best: Three-pointers from 2010 to 2020

Jul 02, 2020 by Print

No basketball play helps teams more on the scoreboard than making a three-point shot, but making three-pointers is a little more than just adding 3 points to one's scoring tally. Few things excite basketball fans more than seeing a long-range shot go through the rim and it is hard to find bigger confidence-builders and momentum-switchers than successful three-point shots. That's in addition to the tactical importance; making shots from long range stretches defenses and opens things up closer to the rims. So, it is not a coincidence that the best three-point shooters of the past decade are also some of the biggest stars we have witnessed on the EuroLeague hardwood.


No player has drained more shots from downtown during the last decade than Milos Teodosic, who netted 431 three-point shots. Teodosic sits atop this chart despite playing almost 50 fewer games than the only other two players who surpassed the milestone of 400 triples in a single-decade - Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez. Teodosic has averaged 2.3 threes during the last decade and is the only player to have knocked down at least 70 three-pointers in three different seasons - he did so despite making fewer than 30 appearances in each of those seasons.


The EuroLeague single-game record for three-pointers made is 10, and two players reached that number between 2010 and 2019. The mark was originally set on November 13, 2014, in Munich when Andrew Goudelock, wearing the Fenerbahce Istanbul uniform, shot 10 for 13 from long range and scored 34 points in an 86-93 road win over FC Bayern Munich. Five years and two weeks later, and just a month before the decade's end, Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Shane Larkin tied the record. The opponent was the same, Bayern, but this time at Sinan Erdem Dome, where Larkin nailed 10 of 12 three-point attempts en route to a EuroLeague record 49 points in a 104-75 victory.


No player had a better three-point shooting EuroLeague season than scoring machine Alexey Shved. The Khimki Moscow Region guard became the only player to make more than 100 three-point shots in a single season when he knocked down 107 shots from behind the arc in the 2017-18 campaign, an average of 3.15 per game. No player averaged more triples in a single season between 2010 and 2019 than Shved, who drained 4.07 threes per game in 2018-19 season, though injuries prevented him from appearing in more than 14 games in that campaign.