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

Jul 17, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
The Decade's Best: Three-point shooting from 2010 to 2020

A late 20th-century invention, the three-point shot has lived through an evolution like no other aspect in the game, becoming quickly integrated as a key part of game plans across the globe. And even though the three-point line was moved back to 6.75 meters at the start of the last decade, the accuracy by which players have been knocking down shots from long range has been unprecedented in recent years, setting high standards among the sharpshooters on the EuroLeague floors.

The most accurate three-point shooter of the past decade with at least 75 games played was Jon Diebler. In his three seasons between 2015 and 2019, playing with three different Istanbul teams – Anadolu Efes, Galatasaray and Darussafaka – Diebler knocked down 47.1% of his shots behind the arc. Diebler made 130 of his 276 three-point tries, putting him on top of the sharpshooting pack.

During the past decade, five players have shot three-pointers on 80% or better accuracy in a game where they attempted at least 8 such shots from behind the arc. The best of those incredible shooting nights belongs to Scottie Wilbekin. Playing for Darussafaka Istanbul on the road against CSKA Moscow in March of 2017, Wilbekin knocked down 8 triples in 9 attempts for the decade's single-game best long-range accuracy, 88.9%. CSKA won the game 95-85, despite Wilbekin shot 4-for-4 through first three quarters. After missing his first three-point attempt in the fourth quarter, he finished the game making his last 4 shots from the arc.

The best three-point shooting season between 2010 and 2020 in terms of accuracy belongs to a big man. Power forward Johannes Voigtmann made 57.7% of his long-range attempts playing for KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz during the 2017-18 season. Voigtmann hit 30 triples out of 52 attempts over 34 games that season, beating out another forward, Demetris Nichols who made 23 of 40 threes, good for 57.5%, during the 2014-15 campaign with CSKA Moscow.