Posted: Friday November 3, 2006 5:00PM; Updated: Friday November 3, 2006 11:54PM
6. Chauncey Billups
Artistically, Billups isn't the best, but he can beat you from the outside.
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Not the purest stroke, but Billups is living proof that working around the fringes of the NBA with the burden of a "shoot-first point guard" tag can pay off. Billups has shot 38 percent or higher from long-range during the past six years, topping off with a 43.3 percent mark from deep last year. Don't hand-check the guy, either: his career average from the free-throw stripe is 88 percent.
7. Brent Barry
The last active practitioner of the Barry Brand of Basketball was regarded as an athletic curio upon entering the league in 1995, but all this did was mask that fact that Barry shot 42 percent from behind the then-22-foot arc. Barry is a career 40 percent shooter from deep, and his 2003-04 run with Seattle (hitting on half his shots from the floor, 45 percent from long range, and 83 percent from the charity stripe) was a sight to behold.
8. Wally Szczerbiak
Loses points for sometimes intercepting cross-court passes that aren't meant for him (that's the sort of thing that will get your locker broken into at the YMCA), Wally still manages a decisive touch from all over the court. Nobody can argue with Szczerbiak's career marks from the floor (40 percent long range, 86 percent from the line, 50 percent overall), but it's his release point that prevents him from getting more shots off. Wally has averaged 12 field-goal attempts a game in his seven-year career, but you know he'd like to double that.
9. Dirk Nowitzki
Blessed with an accurate and unblockable jump shot, Dirk has learned over the last two seasons that an uncontested 18-footer against an overmatched power forward is a better percentage shot than a runner in traffic, and that he doesn't mind the cries of "don't settle," when the results cannot be argued away: 47 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 26.4 points per game over the last two campaigns.
10. Peja Stojakovic
For a while he was the game's top marksman, working with an odd right-to-left follow-through made right because of its unimpeachable results and benefit of a 6-9 frame. Peja has tailed off over the last two seasons, but his career numbers are sublime: 46 percent