There are 32 players in history of the NBA 3-Point shot that have hoisted up 1000 career three-pointers and made over 40 percent of those attempts. (Per Basketball Reference)
Up that attempts number to 2000 and the number of players are halved. Up to 3000 attempts and the number is a nice, round ten players who have shot that many threes and made 40 percent of them.
At the top of the list, percentage wise, is the Lakers Steve Nash at an amazing 42.8 percent, but, right behind him is Atlanta's Kyle Korver at 41.8%.
Korver has been a lot of fun to watch this season and has provided much more than I anticipated when he arrived via a savvy cap move by Danny Ferry in which he used the trade exception gained from the Joe Johnson deal to acquire Korver, in the final year of his contract at 5M, from a "let's get under the luxury tax" Bulls team.
Korver has come in and been a coach on the floor, knowing how to get to his spots offensively and being in decent defensive position as well. He is on pace to surpass most of his career highs in Win Shares, Offensive Rating and PER. All of this while mentoring fellow shooter John Jenkins and starting the most games since his second year in the league with Philadelphia.
Even anticipating his excellent three point shooting, Korver has exceeded even those lofty expectations, shooting a league-leading 46.5% from downtown, his highest since he led the league in 2009-2010 in Utah, knocking down a staggering 53.6% from long range.
Robby did an AMAZING job breaking down how hard Korver works on the offensive end to get open and the many plays/ways that the Hawks run the offense to try and set him free.
As Kyle told us after his 8 three-point performance against Boston, "I don't create my own shot." This is true in the sense that he doesn't create shots off the dribble and that he has to have teammates setting screens and passing him the ball. However, Kyle is one of the best in the NBA at working himself into the open spots on the floor and setting up screens (see: Hamilton, Rip), and in that sense, he creates a lot of shots.
And why not? When you have a Master of Their Craft, you have to let that peacock fly.