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5. Kyle Macy, 1981-82 Phoenix Suns

Macy was drafted by the Phoenix Suns 22nd overall in the 1979 NBA Draft, and followed up his solid rookie campaign with a reliable and productive sophomore season running the show.

The University of Kentucky guard (somethings never change!) played nearly 35 minutes per game and appeared in all 82 games for the 46-36 Suns that eventually lost in four games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round.

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On the season, Macy averaged 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and just 1.5 turnovers per game. He shot an incredibly efficient .514/.390/.899 percent from the field/three/free throw line, leading the NBA in free throw percentage and finishing 3rd in three-point percentage.

Don’t be confused by the video game like numbers from Steph Curry and the Splash Brothers: Macy’s 39.0% from three was a very impressive mark for his era. In fact, Macy has to go down as one of the best-shooting guards in NBA history (no joke!).

Look at his effective field goal percentage (a percentage that considers 3’s and free throws): .523%, good for 90th in NBA history. Considering big men dominate stats like field goal percentage, Macy was clearly an ace shooter.