Best Three-Point Shooters in the WNBA

Who are the Best 3-Point Shooters in the WNBA?

As the analytics revolution transformed offensive basketball, the volume of three-point shooting has skyrocketed in the WNBA.

In 2021, eight of the league’s 12 teams made 500 or more threes. The New York Liberty set a new WNBA record with 321 threes made. To add some perspective, the Houston Comets led the league in threes made in 1997 with a grand total of 169.

Let’s go over some advanced analytic concepts: three points are, in fact, more than two. So, being able to hit more 3-pointers than your opponent is a good thing. Still with me?

Having players on your roster that can cash in from deep at key points in the game is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity.

In order to identify who the truly elite three-point shooters are in the WNBA, we need to focus on reliability, volume, and efficiency. Can you consistently take and make a large number of three-point shots against the league’s best defenses?

We often see one-year flashes of shooting brilliance, but the best of the best can do it for multiple seasons in a row. To flesh out any outlier shooting numbers, I established the following criteria for this list:

  • Must have been an active player (not retired) in 2021
  • Must have played 10 or more games in 2 of the last 3 seasons (2019, 2020, 2021)*
  • Must average over 3 3PA per game from 2019-2021
  • Must average 30% or better from 3 between 2019-2021

*For years in which a player checked into 10 games or less, that season’s shooting statistics were excluded from the data.

After setting the aforementioned filters, only 27 players made the cut. We ranked them in order based on their three-point shooting percentage.

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The Top Three-Point Shooters in the WNBA

Player TYA 3PA TYA 3P%
1. Alysha Clark 3.2 50.15%
2. Sue Bird 4.9 44.40%
3. Allie Quigley 5.3 41.40%
4. Riquna Williams 5.2 41.00%
5. Rebecca Allen 3.9 40.35%
6. Kelsey Plum 3.9 39.50%
7. Damiris Dantas 4.2 38.63%
8. Skylar Diggins-Smith 4.8 38.35%
9. Kayla McBride 4.2 38.30%
10. Sami Whitcomb 5.1 38.27%
11. Ariel Atkins 5.1 37.57%
12. Jewell Loyd 4.6 36.77%
13. Allisha Gray 3.1 36.73%
14. Jasmine Thomas 3.5 36.63%
15. Kelsey Mitchell 6.4 36.60%
16. Leilani Mitchell 4.7 36.40%
17. Tiffany Hayes 4.0 35.65%
18. Arike Ogunbowale 6.0 35.47%
19. Diana Taurasi 8.2 35.20%
20. Breanna Stewart 5.0 35.20%
21. Kristi Toliver 4.4 34.85%
22. Crystal Dangerfield 3.7 34.60%
23. Marina Mabrey 4.4 34.43%
24. Courtney Vandersloot 3.3 34.37%
25. Jonquel Jones 4.3 33.55%
26. Kia Nurse 5.6 31.47%
27. Amanda Zahui B 3.8 31.30%

TYA = Three Year (2019-21) Average

Who is the best three-point shooter in the WNBA?

Alysha Clark is the best three-point shooter in the WNBA. Between 2019 and 2020, Clark shot 50.2% on 3.2 three-point attempts per game. Among players who averaged over three 3-point attempts per game in the past three seasons, her shooting percentage is the best by a 5% margin. Clark’s 2020 mark of 52.24% from three ranks third all-time in WNBA history.

Related: Top 10 Best Rebounders in the WNBA

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