Philadelphia 76ers: Top five 3-point shooters in franchise history

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Out of the hundreds of players that played for the Philadelphia 76ers, which should be considered as the best 3-point shooters in the history of the franchise?

Since the 3-point shot was introduced by the American Basketball Association in the 1960s, it has gone from a novelty of the game to a revolutionary strategy for point production. It has come to define some NBA teams and even dictates their style of play.

The Philadelphia 76ers have never gotten to that point, but it is true that the 3-point shot is a threat to opponents for a variety of reasons. Over the past three decades, there have been several Sixer players who specialized in the 3-point shot. We will explore five of the top 3-point specialists who played for the 76ers.

5. Robert Covington

Robert Covington played for the Sixers during the “Process years”. He was undrafted out of Tennessee State and made the most of his opportunity under Brett Brown. He would later evolve into a nice defensive player, but he would be mostly known as a threat from beyond the arc.

He would probably be higher on this list if he was not so streaky and had a higher shooting percentage. His Sixer career average is 35 percent, attempting close to 2,000 shots beyond the 3-point line. The volume of shots he took after Brett Brown gave him the greenlight to chuck up 3s is astounding.

Covington would make so many 3-pointers that he would become the second leading 3-point shot maker in the history of the franchise, trailing only Allen Iverson, who played over a decade with the Sixers.