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In my almost 23 years of existence, I've accomplished many things.
I graduated from college (Go 'Cuse!). I got my driver's license (took me a couple tries). I've even thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at a minor league baseball game (again, could have gone better). And, most importantly, I made a 3-pointer in a live game, aka not on Xbox.
Notice how I didn't say "3-pointers" plural. I only made one. And it wasn't even in a high school game. I was a 5-foot-9 guard/forward on my middle school basketball team.
Now this wasn't just any 3-pointer. This was a full-court buzzer-beating trifecta, just like the ones they show in the movies.
OK, it was really only from half-court, but I swear the buzzer-beating part is totally true. It didn't win us the game (it was at the end of the third quarter), but it's still one of my proudest sports moments.
I don't know when my next 3-pointer will come (I may have to play in Europe if I don't get any NBA offers soon), but while we're waiting, let's take a look at some of fantasy's top 3-point threats:
Ray Allen, Guard, Miami Heat: Kyrie Irving (we'll talk about him more in a minute) was five years old when Allen drained his first NBA 3-pointer. Now, 2,773 treys later, Allen is still kicking. Even in limited playing time this season (career-low 25.4 minutes per game), he's been amongst the game's most prolific long-range shooters (45.2 percent, tied for second-best in the NBA). He's not the fantasy behemoth that he used to be but Allen is still plenty useful, especially if you're looking for a guy who can shoot 3-pointers.
Ryan Anderson, Forward, New Orleans Hornets: Anderson's obsession with 3s is getting a little ridiculous. So far this season, he's attempted 270 trifectas and just 239 two-pointers. At this rate, Anderson will finish the season with 632 tries from downtown, the most we've seen in the NBA since Allen unloaded 653 treys in 2005-06. He's actually making them at a pretty good clip, too (40.4 percent).
Carmelo Anthony, Forward, New York Knicks: When Melo's not searching for Kevin Garnett outside the team bus, he's usually shooting from beyond the arc. This season, Anthony has drilled 42.8 percent of his 3-point tries, which is well above his career average from that distance (33.3 percent). He's fifth in the league in 3-point attempts per game (6.4).
Stephen Curry, Guard, Golden State Warriors: Here's a new one: This season Curry has actually been more successful from behind the 3-point line (45.2 percent) than inside of it (42.4). Curry's steady diet of 3-pointers has propelled the Warriors to a surprising 22-12 record through 34 games.
Kyrie Irving, Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers: Uncle Drew has been sizzling from deep. In his last four games, Irving is 13-of-20 from 3-point land (65 percent). For the season, he's at 43.1 percent, eighth-best in the league and a 3 percent improvement from last season. Side note: the Rip Hamilton mask is a good look for Irving.
Kyle Korver, Guard, Atlanta Hawks: Ashton Kutcher's doppelganger is sixth among active players in 3-point percentage and his 1,213 career 3s account for the 42nd-highest total in NBA history. In 29 games for the Hawks this season, Korver has connected on 44.1 percent of his attempts from downtown, sixth-best in the NBA.
Kevin Martin, Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder: Martin came to Oklahoma City just a few days before the start of the regular season in a trade that sent James Harden to Houston. Though Martin will never top Harden in the facial hair department, he can chuck up 3s with the best of them. Martin was a perfect 4- for-4 a few nights ago against Philadelphia and for the season only four players have shot the long ball more accurately (44.2 percent). Martin also has given fantasy owners a lift at the free throw line, where he is shooting 92.9 percent (best in the NBA).
Steve Novak, Forward, New York Knicks: Novak kind of stole Aaron Rodgers' touchdown dance (aka the discount double-check), but if you can get past the blatant plagiarism, you'll see that Novak is one of the game's deadliest long- range shooters. Believe it or not, his 44.7 3-point percentage (fourth in the NBA) is actually down from last season when he led the league at 47.2 percent.
As good as these eight have been at chucking the rock in 2012-13, the title of NBA's most accurate 3-point shooter would have to go to Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs (47.4 percent). However, Bonner isn't owned in any fantasy leagues because he only plays 11.4 minutes per game.
As for my 3-point escapades, I should probably just stick to Xbox.
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