Stephen Curry has surpassed Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time 3-point leader. Will anyone ever break Curry’s record? Where does the Warriors star rank among the greatest players of all time? And what has been Curry’s most memorable 3-point shot? Crossover staff answer three questions about the three-point king.
1. Will anyone ever break Stephen Curry’s record of three points?
Howard Beck: Er, probably not, but … maybe? It took Curry more than 12 seasons, making 3.8 3-pointers per game, with 43% accuracy, to claim the record. But Curry’s pace picked up along the way, from attempting more than four 3-pointers per game in his early years to more than 10 in recent seasons, as part of the NBA’s broader three-point explosion. Now everyone takes a ton of 3s, which means a shooter just entered the NBA will have a record-chasing advantage, based on volume alone. So while we may never see another shooter as accurate as Curry, his mark might one day drop, anyway.
Jarrel Harris: Nah! Stephen Curry is only 33 years old! Ray Allen played in 1,300 games and Steph is about to break the record in fewer than 800 games. The game has changed, of course, but just imagine the number Steph will be at if / when she reaches Allen’s games played mark. For someone who’s not reliant on as much athleticism compared to a player like Russell Westbrook, there’s a chance we could see him hit 3s for 10 more years if he stays healthy or really wants to.
Chris Herring: Ever? Yes. In our lives? No. And I don’t think it’s particularly close to happening by then, either.
Chris Mannix: Reggie Miller gave way to Ray Allen, who gave way to Steph Curry, so yeah, someone is coming who will do more. Curry has spawned an entire generation of three-point bombers (see Young, Trae) so it’s hard to believe that one of them won’t eventually overshadow Curry’s accomplishments.
Ashley Moss: Look, I don’t have a crystal ball, but unless Steph’s son Canon follows in his father’s footsteps and inherits that trigger DNA … no.
Rohan Nadkarni: Yes. The game goes too far, and Steph has inspired a whole new generation of shooters to get up from the logo and shoot. Eventually there will be a shooter almost as talented as Curry, and as the sport evolves, that player will have even more opportunities to shoot from the outside. But I hope it doesn’t happen.
Michael Pina: Written without any confidence: Yes. Curry is not an outlier. He is a pioneering icon who forever changed everything that is valued and feared on a basketball court. Curry’s legacy is tangible in that he has inspired generations of young people to play like him. Finally, sometime in the next 50 years, at least one will become a worthy heir.
2. What are your three Stephen Curry favorites?
Pineapple: Mike Breen’s Double Whammy against the Thunder in February 2016. It occurred on a Saturday night in a nationally televised showdown between two star-studded championship contenders. There will never be another 37-foot pitch with a second remaining in a tied overtime game that feels so inevitable. If you saw it live, you will never forget where it was.
Moss: The shot against the Clippers in 2015. First of all, Steve Kerr was Speechless, and leaving your coach speechless is a push-up. Steph crossed the lane, behind his back, stepped back, on top of the brace and it was at this moment that I knew he was different from a lot of other guys in the league. Yeah, you have a lot of guys who can shoot, but with Steph he’s better at it … than all of them.
Stream: East, undoubtedly. Steph pulling up, casually, without a hint of hesitation, from 37 feet, in the last second of a tied game, on the road, against his team’s biggest rival, on national television … and just exhausting as if it was the most natural thing to do. thing in the world? I’d say this was the time the “deep three” was normalized as a baseline weapon (as opposed to a desperate shove).
Herring: The winner of the game against Oklahoma City will always stand out. The way he silenced the crowd. The way Enes Kanter Freedom shrugged along the bench before the shot sank, apparently knowing his team was screwed. The way Mike Breen went crazy.
Harris: Most will say all three against the Thunder, which was outrageous. But my three favorite Steph’s was her 54-point blast against the Knicks at MSG in 2013. He took Raymond Felton off the dribble and threw it to give him 46 points in the game. It was the moment that made Steph a superstar, and he’s been in heat control the longest since.
Mannix: I am a supporter of the outright bombshell that Curry hit against Oklahoma City in 2016. Time is running out, a significant regular season game against a conference rival, Curry stops from about 40 feet to punch a game winner. Remarkable shot.
Nadkarni: OKC’s shot is obviously the coolest shot Steph has ever made and it’s my favorite, but I’ll throw one more into the mix: Game 6 of the 2015 Western semifinals against the Grizzlies. Curry shot from within the three-point line at the opposite side of the court to end the third quarter and it’s absolutely ridiculous. The Grizzlies just lost their own three when Steph picks up the ball after a block, takes a step and a half nonchalantly and popping a court of three of three quarters. That shot was one of many early examples of how you can’t rest against Steph for even half a second, no matter where she is on the court.
3. Where does Steph rank among the greatest players of all time?
Herring: Steph is already in the top 15, in my opinion. We talked a lot about how Kevin Durant joined the Warriors hampered their legacy as it potentially made the title hunt too easy. But more than anything, it robbed us of the ability to see what Steph could have done with the original Golden State core. So winning another title now would eradicate any questions that remain.
Moss: There is no doubt that he is the greatest shooter of all time and he will be for a long time. The best player of all time? Steph is in the top 15 at No. 15. For me, I still put Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett on slightly Above him. However, create this, another ring, and Steph is in the top 10.
Mannix: Arguably the greatest marksman of all time; I only use the qualifier because I really would have loved to see Reggie Miller and Ray Allen play in this era, where shooting double-digit triples a night is the rule, not the exception. and a third Most Valuable Player award will put Curry at least in the conversation as the greatest point guard of all time. Plus: the way he’s playing now, at 34, he’s got a lot of good years left.
Pineapple: If Curry stopped playing tomorrow, he would undoubtedly rank as one of the top 20 players in history. By the time he actually retires, he’s still playing at such a high level and could easily add at least one more MVP or championship ring to his treasure chest, there’s a decent chance he’ll stay in the top 10.
Stream: Asking where Steph of all time stands underscores why this exercise is so inherently tense. There has never been an NBA superstar built like Curry. Without a doubt, he’s the best shooter of all time, the highest-scoring point guard of all time, and one of the best leaders we’ve seen. But his profile, physically and stylistically, is completely unique, and trying to compare him to LeBron or MJ or Kobe or Wilt or Kareem or Magic or Bird or Russell or Duncan or Shaq is, well, kind of ridiculous.
Nadkarni: Stephen Curry is one of the 10 most impressive players in NBA history.
Harris: He is in the top 10 for me. I am proud to be a Steph Curry believer since her sophomore year at Davidson. It has been gratifying to watch his journey from the highlight of March Madness to one of the best the game has ever played. He turned something that seemed as simple as a triple into an exciting play. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player, and there are only a handful of players who can truly say they changed the game.
Bonus: three words to describe Stephen Curry.
Mannix: A generational talent.
Herring: Extraordinary brother splash.
Pineapple: Transcendent. Mythological. Electric.
Stream: Bold. Electrifying. Happy.
Moss: Generational. Elusive. Automatic.
Harris: Fascinating. Weird. Businessman.
Nadkarni: Better. Shooter. Ever.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.