There are currently 16 NBA players averaging three or more 3-pointers made per game. (All stats are prior to Sunday night’s games. All numbers are courtesy of ESPN.com, NBA.com, and Basketball-Reference.com. Thank you!)
Steph Curry, 5.3 3PM, 40 3PT%, 99% rostered (ESPN), #1 Player Rater
Buddy Hield, 4.2 3PM, 39.4 3PT%, 88% rostered, #62 PR
Grayson Allen, 3.8 3PM, 43 3PT%, 24% rostered, #52 PR
Donovan Mitchell, 3.3 3PM, 32 3PT%, 99% rostered, #18 PR
Paul George, 3.2 3PM, 37.3 3PT%, 99% rostered, #7 PR
CJ McCollum, 3.2 3PM, 37.6 3PT%, 98% rostered, #42 PR
James Harden, 3.2 3PM, 41.4 3PT%, 99% rostered, #4 PR
D’Angelo Russell, 3.1 3PM, 36.9 3PT%, 87% rostered, #105 PR
Anthony Edwards, 3.1 3PM, 33.6 3PT%, 98% rostered, #49 PR
Karl-Anthony Towns, 3.1 3PM, 44.6 3PT%, 99% rostered, #9 PR
Duncan Robinson, 3.1 3PM, 33.3 3PT%, 16% rostered, #148 PR
Fred VanVleet, 3.1 3PM, 39.6 3PT%, 99% rostered, #16 PR
Joe Harris, 3.1 3PM, 46.5 3PT%, 45% rostered, #113 PR
Carmelo Anthony, 3.1 3PM, 47.3 3PT%, 72% rostered, #54 PR
Cole Anthony, 3.0 3PM, 38.6 3PT%, 81% rostered, #23 PR
Reggie Jackson, 3.0 3PM, 34.6 3PT%, 64% rostered, #96 PR
Only three players on that list are outside of the top 100 in fantasy right now. Only three of them are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues. So, anyone who’s available on this list is at least worth looking at, if not outright adding to your roster. In my opinion, if ANY of these players are on your league’s waiver wire, you should pick them up.
Brooklyn Joe Harris is the least available of the three players in bold above, but he’s an elite outside threat on a team that made history in offensive efficiency last year. Brooklyn Joe’s scoring ratios are also down from their levels last year (he shot better than 50% from the floor last season), so we could see some positive regression. Harris plays the third-most minutes on the Nets, and takes the third-most shots. He’s an integral part of how Brooklyn’s offense operates, which means his minutes and shots are safe. He’s a top 125 player right now, but I expect him to end the season in the top 100.
Grayson Allen has been one of the best deep threats in this young NBA season. Of the players who attempt eight or more threes, only Curry and Grayson Allen are sinking them at a 40% rate or better. Allen’s play has been so good that’s he probably secured himself a significant role, especially since the Bucks have been dealing with myriad absences so far this season. Allen’s playing the third-most minutes for Milwaukee, but will those minutes remain when everyone’s healthy? In my mind, he simply has to: Allen’s efficiency from three (if he can keep it up) will be more important for the Bucks than Donte DiVincenzo’s contributions (when he returns), plus DDV’s minutes may be capped as the Bucks reintroduce him to the court. Allen is definitely starting while Khris Middleton is out. While Allen maybe/probably can’t keep this up, he’s an obvious help to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Spacing the floor is a necessity in the New NBA and Grayson Allen is stretching the floor like few others. He’s not just a streamer, he’s a guy you add for the long haul. If his role diminishes upon other players’ returns, then you can yell at me. Until then, his volume seems safe, and he’s a top 75 player who is available in a majority of leagues. Add him while you can.
Duncan Robinson is shooting 33% from outside, BUT! He’s shot better than 40% from three the prior two seasons, and he’s had a 60+ true shooting percentage for both of those seasons, as well. Dunc’s shot is going to come around (he went 6-11 from three against Utah’s vaunted defense on Saturday), and when those shots start falling, watch as his player rating starts shooting up. He’s a top 150 player even while he’s shooting so poorly! I still think he’ll end the year as a top 100 player, just like he did last season. For those who are afraid that Tyler Herro will steal Dunc’s minutes or shots, let me just point out that Robinson’s still playing the fifth-most minutes per game for the Heat, and he’s still fifth in shots. Some of that is a function of PJ Tucker starting and not needing many shots, but that’s not a bug, it’s a feature. Jimmy Butler is NOT a long distance shooter (sub-30 3PT%), and having another non-ish shooter on the floor in PJ Tucker, along with Bam Adebayo who does NOT take threes, means that Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson (who’s still starting) enjoy outside shot volume (along with Tyler Herro, of course). Robinson’s been one of the elite snipers from deep for a few seasons now, and that talent didn’t just disappear. Add him now while you can, because top 100 players will become scarcer and scarcer as the season progresses. Even now he can help you win a category (he’s top 10 in fantasy value in 3PM), and that’s only going to improve.