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NBA Draft 2021: The 5 best three-point shooters

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The Washington Wizards hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Here is a look at the five best three-point shooters in this year's class with analysis from NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes, Tyler Byrum and Mike DePrisco.

1. Corey Kispert, SF, Gonzaga

Age: 22 Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 6-7

2020/21 stats: 32 G, 18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 52.9 FG% (6.5/12.3), 44.0 3PT% (2.8/6.5), 87.8 FT%

Player comparison: Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 14th, Sports Illustrated 11th, Ringer 10th, NBADraft.net 13th, Bleacher Report 14th

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Analysis: Corey Kispert is in a tier of his own when it comes to his shooting ability in this draft class. Without much pure shooting competition among projected lottery picks, he is clearly the best shooter. In Kispert's final season with Gonzaga, he posted elite percentages from the field. His 44.0% from deep comes from 6.5 attempts per game. High volume, high efficiency. There's certainly the potential for him to be in the 50-40-90 conversation. A quick release and a fluid, consistent form will have him contributing right away - Byrum

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2. Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State Age: 19 Height: 6-8 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 7-0

 

2020/21 stats: 27 G, 20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.8 bpg, 43.8 FG% (6.5/14.8), 40.0 3PT% (2.3/5.7), 84.6 FT%

Player comparison: Ben Simmons with a 3-point shot; a taller Kyle Lowry

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 1st, Sports Illustrated 1st, Ringer 1st, NBADraft.net 1st, Bleacher Report 1st

Analysis: Once Cunningham became known as the top player of his draft class, he never relinquished that position. His junior and senior high school seasons saw him jump to five-star status and immediately rose to the top of many evaluators' big boards for the 2021 NBA Draft... Cunningham's skill set fits the ideal mold of a modern NBA point guard. He's long for the position with outstanding shooting figures. No one in the class has a better feel for the game than Cunningham, who has a knack for elevating the play of his teammates simply by being on the floor. - Byrum

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3. Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor

Age: 22 Height: 6-1 Weight: 202 Wingspan: 6-4

2020/21 stats: 30 G, 11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 51.1 FG% (5.3/10.3), 44.7 3PT% (2.1/4.7), 64.1 FT%

Player comparison: Marcus Smart, Lu Dort

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 7th, Sports Illustrated 16th, Ringer 7th, NBADraft.net 10th, Bleacher Report 9th

Analysis: In addition to being a lockdown defender, Mitchell shoots very well from three-point range. Mitchell made 44.7% of his threes and with volume, at 4.7 attempts per game. Those numbers made a big jump from the year before, as he was previously not much of a threat from beyond the arc. Mitchell clearly put in a lot of hard work to develop that skill before leaving college. He showed this past season he can not only make threes off catch-and-shoot plays, but also off the dribble, sometimes with defenders right on him. - Hughes

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4. Chris Duarte, G, Oregon Age: 24 Height: 6-6 Weight: 190 Wingspan: 6-7

2020/21 stats: 26 G, 34.1 mpg, 17.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.8 bpg, 53.2 FG% (6.2/11.6), 42.4 3PT% (2.3/5.5), 81.0 FT%

Player comparison: Gary Trent Jr.

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 30th, Sports Illustrated 17th, Ringer 22nd, NBADraft.net 28th, Bleacher Report 29th

 

Analysis: Duarte is one of the best shooters in this draft and he's comfortable getting his shot off in a multitude of ways. He can hit triples spotting up, off pick-and-rolls and coming around screens. Duarte shot over 40% from three on 5.5 three-point attempts per game while hitting 81% from the free-throw line. Shooting is the premium skill in the NBA and Duarte should be able to provide plenty of it to his next team. The Oregon wing isn't just a shooter, however. Duarte is one of the more polished offensive prospects in this class. - DePrisco

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5. Jared Butler, G, Baylor

Team: Baylor Age: 20 Height: 6-4 Weight: 193 Wingspan: 6-4

2020/21 stats: 30 G, 30.3 mpg, 16.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.0 spg, 0.4 bpg, 47.1 FG% (5.9/12.5), 41.6 3PT% (2.6/6.2), 79.7 FT%

Player comparison: Fred VanVleet, Bryn Forbes

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 30th, Sports Illustrated 28th, Ringer 27th, NBADraft.net 29th, Bleacher Report 17th

Analysis: One of the best players on national champion Baylor, Butler did a little bit of everything but shooting was certainly a standout skill. He shot both efficiently (41.6%) and with volume (6.2 3PA/g) from three-point range. He shot a similar volume the previous year as a sophomore, but raised his percentage as a junior. Butler may project as a late first-round pick, but his defense and three-point shooting suggest he can contribute to a team sooner than later as a backup guard. - Hughes