Stephen Curry is the greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history. He has also already broken his own record for most 3s by a single player this season, meaning he’ll likely break the title away from him before it even hits 500 games.
Is Stephen Curry the best three-point shooter in history? Maybe. Ray Allen and Reggie Miller are two examples of players that might be considered. Kyle Korver and JJ Redick, both three-point specialists, may be thrown into the mix. Klay Thompson, Curry’s Golden State Warriors colleague, has a counter-argument.
But now is the moment to call a halt to the debate. Nobody will ever be able to match Steph’s shooting record.
He’s boldly going where no other player has gone before in terms of shooting.
In 2021-22, Stephen Curry was an attacking powerhouse.
Through 12 games, Steph is second in the NBA in scoring, barely one point per game behind Kevin Durant (who has played one game more than Curry).
Despite Golden State missing the playoffs, the Davidson product was in the MVP contention last season, averaging 32.0 points per game. Curry was the sole reason the Warriors had a chance to participate in a play-in game or make the playoffs.
In his age-33 season, Steph leads the NBA in 3-point attempts per game with an average of 13.3. According to NBA.com, he’s shooting 40% from three-point range, the best percentage of anybody in the NBA who attempts more than eight threes each game. (The Milwaukee Bucks’ Grayson Allen is hitting 43.0 percent on 8.8 attempts.)
The Warriors are off to the greatest start in the league thanks to the two-time MVP. Golden State has an 11-1 record after three and a half weeks. The club is the best in the NBA in terms of scoring (116.2 points per game), field-goal percentage (47.3), rebounding (38.0 per game), and 3-point shooting (5.3%). (36.7).
In a number of defensive metrics, Golden State is near the top of the NBA. Curry, as usual, is leading the charge for the Warriors, who are the greatest and most complete team in the NBA.
In a victory against the Bulls, Steph hit nine 3-pointers for the 36th time in his career.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Minnesota Timberwolves. | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
On Nov. 12, the Warriors thrashed one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls, 119-93.
Steph scored a game-high 40 points in the victory, just four days after setting another NBA record with 50 points and 10 assists in a win against the Atlanta Hawks.
In the victory against Chicago, the Baby-Faced Assassin played up to his title, hitting nine 3-pointers. Steph had hit at least nine threes in a game for the 36th time in his 12 NBA seasons.
James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers are the runners-up in that category. They’ve each made nine three-pointers in a game nine times.
Curry has made nine 3-pointers in 27 more games than anyone else in NBA history.
Steph has more games with nine threes than the next five players on that list combined — Harden (nine), Lillard (nine), teammate Splash Brother Thompson (seven), JR Smith (five), and Kobe Bryant (four).
If the two-time scoring champion isn’t already regarded the best long-range shooter in NBA history, he should be right now.
Chef Curry has earned the title of best 3-point shooter of all time.
A simple check at the numbers demonstrates that this case is closed.
In threes, Steph is the active leader (2,896.) He only has 2,973 lifetime wins to Allen’s 2,973. Curry is a foregone conclusion that he will break Allen’s record when everything is said and done.
He is fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (43.2) and third in attempts all-time (6,700).
Between 2012 and 2017, the Human Torch led the league in threes in seven of his first eleven seasons, including five in a row from 2012 to 2017. In each of those seasons, he also led the league in 3-point attempts and was in the top ten in 3-point percentage eight times.
Steph transformed the NBA when he began spreading the floor with his ability to hit a 30-foot quick-release three. Since then, the NBA has never been the same.
It’s time to declare him the best three-point shooter in NBA history.
Unless otherwise stated, all statistics are courtesy of Basketball Reference.
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