Before this season, LeBron has had an array of three point shooters around him. While LeBron will go down as an all-time best when it comes to scoring, he will also go down as one of the best playmakers. His ability to drive to the basket is amazing, and his ability to find a wide open teammate beyond the three-point line may be even better. It seems like he always knows where that player will be and he can deliver passes that no one else can.
So far we’ve seen very little shooting from the Los Angeles Lakers. Josh Hart has been good. Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are starting to find their shot but this is nowhere close to what LeBron is used to. Let’s dive into the history of LeBron’s rosters and rank his top three point shooters.
*All stats provided below are regular season only.
10. JR Smith 2014-2018
FG3P% 38.2 3PG 2.3
JR Smith was one of LeBron’s streakiest shooters. This made it really hard for me to move Smith any farther up the list. But a list starting with JR Smith means LeBron has had some great shooters on his team(s).
9. Rashard Lewis 2012-2014
FG3P% 36.6 3PG 0.8
8. Daniel Gibson 2006 -2010
FG3P% 42.4 3PG 1.4
7. Mo Williams 2008-2010
FG3P% 43.2 3PG 2.3
6. Mike Miller 2010-2013 and 2014-2015
FG3P% 39.6 3PG 1.1
5. James Jones 2010-2017
FG3P% 40.8 3PG 1.0
James Jones was one of LeBron’s teammates during both the Miami Heat era and second Cavalier era. Remember that streak LeBron had of making an appearance in the NBA Finals? Yeah, don’t forget James Jones was also a part of those teams.
4. Kevin Love 2014-2018
FG3P% 37.7 3PG 2.2
Kevin Love was brought aboard when LeBron began his second stint with the Cavaliers. Like Chris Bosh did, Love went from being the main guy on the team (in Minnesota) to being third option. Love had a career game by hitting eight three pointers in an Eastern Semifinals game against the Atlanta Hawks in 2015
3. Kyrie Irving 2014-2017
FG3P% 38.7 3PG 2.1
Kyrie leaving LeBron will always leave a sour taste in my mouth but Kyrie was one of the best three point shooters to play with LeBron. Irving’s biggest three of his career came in game seven of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. With 55 seconds in a tie game, Irving hit a three over Steph Curry to give the Cavaliers a three-point advantage and ultimately helped them win the NBA Championship.
2. Kyle Korver 2016-2018
FG3P% 45.3 3PG 2.4
Kyle Korver was brought over to Cleveland in a trade where they dealt Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, and a first round draft pick for the sharpshooter.
1. Ray Allen 2012-2014
FG3P% 39.8 3PG 1.7
After departing from Boston after 2011-2012 season, Ray Allen joined forces with the Eastern Conference rival and the already formed Miami Heat big three. Allen hit one of his biggest shots alongside LeBron. While the Heat were down 3-2 in the NBA Finals, Allen hit a step back three pointer that tied game six of the 2013 NBA Finals. Miami went to win in overtime and win game seven at home.