Farewell To A Top 5 Shooter in NBA History

27 Dec

1760 career 3pt made : 4th all time

90% career FT shooter – 40% career 3pt shooter – 3X all star – 1X All NBA team – 2X three point shooting star champion – 1X NBA Champion (2011)

Peja is the man. At 6’10 you wouldn’t expect this guy to be one of the best shooters ever, but the stats are all there. If you didn’t get to see this guy in his prime you just can’t imagine the feeling you got when he was on the floor. Any time he got a pass from behind the 3pt line you thought, and hoped, he would jack it up. It was that exciting to see him shoot, especially when defenders would run at him and he just had the height to shoot it over them without even being bothered. You really got the sense that once his feet left the floor the shot was good. And my my my what a magnificent shot he had.

This video really shows off what a beauty of a shot Peja had. Putting a jump shot in to words is hard, thank goodness for this video. You can really see the dynamics of his shot at the 1:20 mark. Notice how the ball has a kind of diagonal backspin, delicioso! And I don’t know why but his shot always has such a loud swish that was so satisfying. Music to an NBA fans ears.

When I first started watching ball I remember hating the Lakers and wanting the Kings to get past them and into the finals. He was on an awesome team that should have got at least one ring , that was one of the great sub story lines of the 2011 Mavericks of how great journeymen finally got their ring. He was close back then and goes out on top as a champ. He got his revenge on LA in the second round in  2011 when he gave them a flashback of what he once did to them in playoffs past.

Even later on in his career with New Orleans he showed how dangerous of a 3pt threat he was and was one of the big reasons in 2008 they were a second seed. CP3 was the first great point guard he played with since Bibby and all he had to do was spot up and knock it down.

As Peja hangs up his laces and retires I want to say thanks for the memories, a part of me always wishes great shooters would play til’ age 50 and just spot up and drain 3’s but I hope he has a good rest of his life. I imagine it will include sitting somewhere on a beach in Europe wearing fancy clothes and he deserves it.

Oh, and he also delivered one of the best NBA photos of all time. Funlarious!

BONUS PEJA!!!

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