Mavs cornering market on prolific marksmen

February, 7, 2011
2/07/11
2:45
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When Peja Stojakovic finally makes his expected debut Monday night against Cleveland -- and, yes, I do expect him to start -- Dallas will officially have two of the five most prolific 3-point shooters in NBA history in the lineup.

Jason Kidd is No. 3 all-time in 3-point makes with 1,746 entering Monday’s play. Stojakovic is fifth with 1,718. Boston's Ray Allen, meanwhile, needs just four 3s more to pass Reggie Miller’' 2,560 career triples to seize the all-time league lead.

There was little hint during Kidd’s first seven seasons that he’d be part of this conversation, given that he sunk only 507 3s in that span -- 1.03 per game -- at a success rate of 32.3 percent. But Kidd's move to New Jersey in 2001 and subsequent work with shooting guru Bob Thate has resulted in 1,239 triples over the past 10 seasons, good for an average of 1.66 per game on 36.1 percent shooting from long range.

Allen's average of 2.39 3-pointers per game is the highest in NBA history; Miller averaged just 1.84 3s per game. The only other active players to average two or more 3s per game are Stojakovic (2.21), Orlando's Gilbert Arenas (2.04) and Golden State's Stephen Curry (2.02).

Larry Bird held the NBA career record for 3-pointers from March 1986 to April 1989, when Mavs alumnus Ellis supplanted him as the all-time leader. TNT's Miller has owned sole possession of the record for more than 12 years since passing Ellis on April 13, 1998.

Marc Stein | email

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9