Are the uniform colors a dead giveaway?

You might recall that Ray Allen passed Reggie Miller last season for the most career regular season three-pointers. Now that he’s at the top of that list, Allen merits serious consideration in the discussion of who is the greatest shooter in NBA history. However, there’s one retired gunner who thinks the choice is obvious — himself.

“I’m the best shooter of all time. I know that from the jump. I set the standard. I gave them something to shoot for.”

Somebody certainly likes himself! But the question is: Who is that braggadocious shooting legend? Take your best guess and find out the answer after the jump.

Dale Ellis

Hey, it’s one-time All-Star and one-time Three-Point Shootout winner Dale Ellis!

“I was the first player in the history of the game to get 1,000 three-pointers. To be able to play on that level, you have to have that attitude about yourself. You can say it’s arrogant or cocky or whatever, but that’s OK. There’s no way you can compete without it. There’s no way you can excel without that confidence level.”

Can’t argue with anything he says there. To give him his due, Ellis is sixth all-time in three pointers and 24th all-time in three-point shooting percentage (minimum 250 made treys) at 40.3 percent. None of the five guys ahead of Ellis in career three-pointers have a better three-point percentage than him, so he might actually have a case for his boast.

Even more importantly, Dale Ellis was an absolute killer in the original Lakers vs. Celtics video game for MS-DOS computers in 1989. I played the hell out of that game on my Tandy 1000 back in ’89 and I loved picking the Sonics when I played against someone else (who would inevitably pick the Lakers or Celtics) because they would be totally unprepared for the onslaught of Dale Ellis treys and Xavier McDaniel thunder dunks I was about to unleash on them. Of course, if I was feeling particularly spiteful, I’d suggest playing West All-Stars vs. East All-Stars so I could completely overwhelm my opponent with Ellis’ long-range warfare and Tom Chambers’ absolutely unstoppable signature dunk.

Is Dale Ellis the greatest shooter in NBA history? As far as I’m concerned, he ain’t crazy for thinking it.

Comments (11)

  1. The West All-Stars in that game was one of the best video game teams in history, up there with the Roenick-era Hawks in NHLPA 93.

  2. Dale Ellis was my secret weapon in NBA Live back in the day! I could drop 3s from almost half court with the guy.

  3. Yeah, Ellis was pretty great.
    Those Sonics were a lot of fun.

  4. I’m a Mavs fan from way back, and in the 80′s my team, who drafted Ellis, traded him for “Downtown” Freddie Brown, because they felt they needed more 3 point shooters. I repeat: my team traded away Dale Ellis because they wanted a 3 pt. shooter! Outrageous. A year or two later, the Mavs played the Sonics in the playoffs. Downtown Freddie didn’t make the playoff roster, while Ellis started for the Sonics and scorched the Mavs in the first ever 2 vs. 7 upset in the current playoff format. No wonder we sucked so bad in the 90′s…only after this year can I discuss stuff like this without retching violoently…

  5. I guess it still upsets me enough to forget how to spell when I write about!

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