NBA 2K23: best three-point shooters
The three-point shot has become arguably the most important shot in basketball over the past decade, thanks in large part to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors emerging from their fourth championship since 2015. The pace of the game has accelerated. so much so that the days of giants clogging paint and working upside down are mostly over. Teams used to shoot maybe five out of three in the past, but now seeing a team make 30 three-point attempts in a game is typical.
Below, you’ll find the best three-point shooters in NBA 2K23. Surprisingly, only one player has a three-point rating in the 90s – you know who – while the next four all have the same rating.
1. Stephen Curry (99 three-point shots)
Position: PG, SG
Crew: Golden State Warriors
Archetype: three point assassin
Better Ratings: 99 Three-point shooting, 99 Offensive consistency, 98 Ball handling
Stephen Curry is the best three-point shooter in NBA history, holding numerous records, so it’s no surprise he’s number one on the list. Curry is unfairly considered a great shooter, but he has a full offensive arsenal in his pocket. He is uncontrollable off the dribble as well as off the ball. He’s known for getting out of screens and draining threes after a quick pass, but he’s equally known for crossing defenders and nailing shots. His 98 Ball Handling makes guarding difficult. Curry can also hurt bottom teams as he has 96 Driving Layup and 95 Close Shot, but 92 Mid-Range Shot.
In 2021-22, he averaged 25.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Curry also led the Golden State Warrior to their fourth NBA championship with their first NBA Finals MVP after defeating the Boston Celtics. Among qualified players, Curry ranked fifth in three-point shooting percentage in 2021-22 at 42.2%.
2. Kevin Durant (88 three-point shooting)
Position: SF, FP
Crew: brooklyn nets
Archetype: Unstoppable Two-Way Offensive Threat
Better Ratings: 99 ball handle, 98 mid range shot, 95 driving layup
Kevin Durant has one of the most unique skill sets in NBA history. He’s nearly seven feet tall with a 7’5″ wingspan, but handles the ball like a playmaker. He can drive to the edge, his midrange game is almost a guaranteed bucket and he’s a deadly three point shooter. Although he is not an elite defender, his length and speed make him slightly above average on the defensive side of the ball. His 99 Ball Handle is even deadlier than with Curry considering Durant’s size, and the 98 Mid-Range Shot paired with 98 Close Shot and 95 Driving Layup make him, as his archetype suggests, an offensive force of any place on the floor.
Durant has been a top three player for most of the past decade. Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in the 2021-22 NBA season. He also shot 51% from the field and 38% from the three-point line for a Brooklyn team that had to rely on him with the absences of fellow stars James Harden (who was traded for Ben Simmons) and Kyrie Irving. . Durant has shot in line with his career percentage at 38.3% from three in 2021-22.
3. Desmond Bane (88 three-point shot)
Position: SG, SF
Crew: Memphis Grizzlies
Archetype: Dual Threat Marker
Better Ratings: 98 Shooting IQ, 98 Offensive Consistency, 91 Free Throw
Desmond Bane is a promising young player in an exciting young team. He can score by putting the ball on the ground, finishing on the edge and shooting at very high percentages. Bane isn’t giving any defense a day off with all the tricks in his bags as a scorer and as an above average playmaker. Bane may not be the most explosive, but his offensive prowess can be seen in his 98 shooting IQ and 98 offensive consistency. He’s money on the line with 91 free throws, and can also hurt teams inside the arc with 86 Driving Layup, 81 Close Shot and 82 Mid-Range Shot.
Bane enters his third year in the NBA, shooting 43.5% from behind the line. In the 2021-22 season, he averaged 18.2 points and a 46% field goal percentage while averaging 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per match. Among qualifying players, Bane ranked second in three-point percentage with 43.6%.
4. Luke Kennard (88 three-point shooting)
Position: SG, SF
Crew: Los Angeles Clippers
Archetype: One-Dimensional Catch and Shoot
Better Ratings: 99 Free Throw, 95 Shooting IQ, 89 Close Shot
Luke Kennard may not be a household name in the NBA, but he’s averaged 42% behind the line over his five-year career. Kennard played for the Detroit Pistons his first three years and has been with the Los Angeles Clippers since 2020-21. Kennard is a pure shooter, as referenced in his archetype. He’s not a space-maker or a ball-handler, and he’ll have to come off the screens to have the most effect. He has 99 free throws, so he’s automatic from the line, but he also has a 95 shot IQ so he doesn’t take stupid shots. He is the rare shooter to be better from near and far with 89 Close Shot and 88 Three-Point Shot, but only 74 Mid-Range Shot.
He led the NBA in three-point shooting percentage in 2021-22 at 44.9%, more than a percentage point ahead of Bane. Kennard averaged 11.9 points and also shot 89% from the free throw line.
5. Klay Thompson (88 three-point shot)
Position: SG, SF
Crew: Golden State Warriors
Archetype: Two-way sniper
Better Ratings: 90 mid-range shooting, 89 free throws, 87 perimeter defense
Klay Thompson is half of the best shooters in NBA history. He is a four-time champion, has two gold medals and was selected to the NBA All-Star team five times. Thompson currently ranks 18th in career three-point field goals and would most likely rank higher had he not been out since 2020-21 with serious injuries. Thompson usually kept the opponent’s best defender until Andrew Wiggins was acquired. Thompson is still a deadly shooter even after injuries with 90 shots from range, 89 free throws, 88 three-point shots and 85 close range shots. He also has 75 Driving Layup, so he’s better at the bucket than many guards.
In 2020-21, Thompson scored 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and shot 90% from the free throw line. He shot 38.5% from three.
The best three-point shooters in NBA 2K23
|Last name||Three point note||Height||Globally||Position||Crew|
|Stephen Curry||99||6’2″||96||SG, PG||Golden State Warriors|
|Kevin Durant||88||6’10”||96||PF, SF||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Desmond Scourge||88||6’5″||83||SF, SG||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Luke Kennard||88||6’5″||76||SF, SG||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Klay Thompson||88||6’6″||83||SF, SG||Golden State Warriors|
|Luka Doncic||87||6’7″||95||SF, PG||Dallas Mavericks|
|Devin Booker||87||6’5″||91||SG, PG||Phoenix Suns|
|Joe Harris||87||6’6″||76||SF, SG||brooklyn nets|
|Jayson Tatum||86||6’8″||93||PF, SF||Boston Celtics|
|Trae young||86||6’7″||90||PG||Atlanta Hawks|
Today’s NBA requires having multiple players who can shoot well behind the line and that almost any player can hit them from time to time. Even great men are supposed to have some kind of ranged skill.
Choose shooters based on your playstyle and roster composition. You need to mix slashers and back-to-the-basket bigmen into your lineups to keep the defense from crowding the three-point line. The key is to space the floor out to allow your shooters to get open perimeter shots in NBA 2K23.