Dallas Mavericks: Jason Terry believes he’d break 3-point record if he played now

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Jason Terry (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jason Terry (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks legend Jason Terry believes he would have set the 3-point record if played his best years in today’s NBA.

The Dallas Mavericks do not win the 2011 NBA Championship without Jason Terry. The Jet was clutch throughout the 21-game playoff run. He averaged 17.5 points on 47.8 percent from the field and 44.2 percent on his 3-pointers.

Terry is a Mavericks legend. He made a monumental shift during his time in Dallas. The Jet started coming off the bench in 2008, and it worked to perfection. It allowed him to win Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and helped the Mavs bring home the title.

Terry was recently voted by fans to the Mavericks all-time starting five. His popularity has not declined despite his last time playing in Dallas being 2012.

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Jason Terry made some interesting comments about his thoughts on playing his prime in today’s NBA to ESPN.

"“If the analytics played a part in my prime, I would have taken more threes. Now, I took a lot. When I finished my career I was third all-time. Now, I’m like six or seven. But if the rules applied today and analytics were a part of it, I’m telling you I would have rewrote the record books,” Terry said."

The Jet might not be wrong here. For his career, he attempted 38.0 percent of his shots from ten feet to the 3-point line. Looking at Stephen Curry, he takes 25.8 percent of his career attempts from that area. Damian Lillard takes just 20.7 percent. The best shooters in today’s game are turning those long twos into threes.

The Jet made 2,282 3-pointers in his 19-year NBA career. He hit his threes at 38.0 percent. If you assume he would shoot five percent more threes playing now, that would push his make total to nearly 2,400. That would take him from seventh to fifth all-time.

Obviously, that number may have been higher. It is impossible to know.

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One thing we can all agree on is Jason Terry was a special player and stellar shooter. He helped the Dallas Mavericks win a championship. For that, he will always be remembered.