List of National Basketball Association annual three-point field goals leaders

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In basketball, a three-point field goal (also known as a "three-pointer" or "3-pointer") is a field goal made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc radiating from the basket.[1] A successful attempt is worth three points, in contrast to the two points awarded for shots made inside the three-point line. The National Basketball Association's (NBA) three-point shooting leader is the player who recorded the highest three-point field goals in a given season. The statistic was first recognized in the 1979–80 season when the three-point line was first implemented that season.

Key[edit]

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been the
three-point field goals leader up to and including that season
G Guard F Forward C Center

Three-point field goals leaders[edit]

Stephen Curry has led the league in three-point field goals a record five times. He set the NBA record for three-pointers made in the 2015–16 season with 402.[2]
Season Player Position[a] Team Games
played
3-point
field goals made
3-point
field goals attempted
3-point
field goal %
Ref.
1979–80 Brian Taylor G San Diego Clippers 78 90 239 .3766 [3]
1980–81 Mike Bratz G Cleveland Cavaliers 80 57 169 .3373 [4]
1981–82 Don Buse G Indiana Pacers 82 78 193 .4041 [5]
1982–83 Mike Dunleavy G San Antonio Spurs 79 67 194 .3454 [6]
1983–84 Darrell Griffith G Utah Jazz 82 91 252 .3611 [7]
1984–85 Darrell Griffith (2) G Utah Jazz 78 92 257 .3580 [7]
1985–86 Larry Bird* F Boston Celtics 82 82 196 .4184 [8]
1986–87 Larry Bird* (2) F Boston Celtics 74 90 225 .4000 [8]
1987–88 Danny Ainge G Boston Celtics 81 148 357 .4146 [9]
1988–89 Michael Adams G Denver Nuggets 77 166 466 .3562 [10]
1989–90 Michael Adams (2) G Denver Nuggets 79 158 432 .3657 [10]
1990–91 Vernon Maxwell G Houston Rockets 82 172 510 .3373 [11]
1991–92 Vernon Maxwell (2) G Houston Rockets 80 162 473 .3425 [11]
1992–93 Dan Majerle G/F Phoenix Suns 82 167 438 .3813 [12]
1992–93 Reggie Miller* G Indiana Pacers 82 167 419 .3986 [13]
1993–94 Dan Majerle (2) G/F Phoenix Suns 80 192 503 .3817 [12]
1994–95 John Starks G New York Knicks 80 217 611 .3552 [14]
1995–96 Dennis Scott F Orlando Magic 82 267 628 .4252 [15]
1996–97 Reggie Miller* (2) G Indiana Pacers 81 229 536 .4272 [13]
1997–98 Wesley Person G Cleveland Cavaliers 82 192 447 .4295 [16]
1998–99[b] Dee Brown G Toronto Raptors 49 135 349 .3868 [18]
1999–00 Gary Payton* G Seattle SuperSonics 82 177 520 .3404 [19]
2000–01 Antoine Walker F Boston Celtics 81 221 603 .3665 [20]
2001–02 Ray Allen* G Milwaukee Bucks 69 229 528 .4337 [21]
2002–03 Ray Allen* (2) G Milwaukee Bucks
Seattle SuperSonics
76 201 533 .3771 [21]
2003–04 Peja Stojaković F Sacramento Kings 81 240 554 .4332 [22]
2004–05 Quentin Richardson G Phoenix Suns 79 226 631 .3582 [23]
2004–05 Kyle Korver^ G/F Philadelphia 76ers 82 226 558 .4050 [24]
2005–06 Ray Allen* (3) G Seattle SuperSonics 78 269 653 .4119 [21]
2006–07 Gilbert Arenas G Washington Wizards 74 205 584 .3510 [25]
2006–07 Raja Bell G Phoenix Suns 78 205 496 .4133 [26]
2007–08 Jason Richardson G Charlotte Bobcats 82 243 599 .4057 [27]
2008–09 Rashard Lewis F Orlando Magic 79 220 554 .3971 [28]
2009–10 Aaron Brooks^ G Houston Rockets 82 209 525 .3981 [29]
2010–11 Dorell Wright F Golden State Warriors 82 194 516 .3780 [30]
2011–12[c] Ryan Anderson^ F Orlando Magic 61 166 422 .3934 [32]
2012–13 Stephen Curry^ G Golden State Warriors 78 272 600 .4533 [2]
2013–14 Stephen Curry^ (2) G Golden State Warriors 78 261 615 .4244 [2]
2014–15 Stephen Curry^ (3) G Golden State Warriors 80 286 646 .4427 [2]
2015–16 Stephen Curry^ (4) G Golden State Warriors 79 402 886 .4537 [2]
2016–17 Stephen Curry^ (5) G Golden State Warriors 79 324 789 .4106 [2]
2017–18 James Harden^ G Houston Rockets 72 265 722 .3670 [33]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The player's primary position is listed first.
  2. ^ The 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games due to the league's lockout.[17]
  3. ^ The 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games due to the league's lockout.[31]

References[edit]

General
  • "Yearly Leaders and Records for 3-Pt Field Goals". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
Specific
  1. ^ "Basketball glossary". FIBA.com. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stephen Curry Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Brian Taylor Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mike Bratz Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Don Buse Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mike Dunleavy Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Darrell Griffith Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Larry Bird Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Danny Ainge Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Michael Adams Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Vernon Maxwell Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Dan Majerle Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Reggie Miller Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "John Starks Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  15. ^ "Dennis Scott Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  16. ^ "Wesley Person Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  17. ^ Beck, Howard (February 14, 2009). "N.B.A. and Union Are Discussing New Labor Deal". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
  18. ^ "Dee Brown Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  19. ^ "Gary Payton Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  20. ^ "Antoine Walker Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  21. ^ a b c "Ray Allen Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  22. ^ "Peja Stojakovic Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  23. ^ "Quentin Richardson Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  24. ^ "Kyle Korver Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  25. ^ "Gilbert Arenas Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  26. ^ "Raja Bell Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  27. ^ "Jason Richardson Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  28. ^ "Rashard Lewis Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  29. ^ "Aaron Brooks Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  30. ^ "Dorell Wright Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  31. ^ Beck, Howard (November 28, 2011). "Two Exhibition Games for N.B.A. Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  32. ^ "Ryan Anderson Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  33. ^ "James Harden Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 12, 2018.