Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time three-point leader. Will anyone ever break Curry’s record? Where does the Warriors star rank among the greatest players of all time? And what was Curry’s most memorable three-point shot? Crossover staff answer three questions about the Three Point King.
1. Will anyone ever beat Stephen Curry’s three-point record?
Howard Beck: Uh, probably not, butâ¦ maybe? It took Curry over 12 seasons, converting 3.8 threes per game, with 43% accuracy, to claim the record. But Curry’s rate accelerated along the way, going from an attempt of four-plus three-per-game in his early years to over 10 in recent seasons, as part of the explosion over three-point wide in the NBA. Now everyone takes a ton of threes, which means that a shooter who just entered the NBA will have an advantage in chasing the record, based purely on volume. So, while we might never see another shooter as precise as Curry, his mark might drop someday, anyway.
Jarrel Harris: Nope ! Stephen Curry is only 33 years old !! Ray Allen has played 1,300 games and Steph is close to breaking the record in less than 800 games. The game has changed, sure, but imagine how many Steph will be if he hits the mark of games played by Allen. For someone who doesn’t rely on as much athleticism compared to a player like Russell Westbrook, there’s a chance we could see him strike three years for another 10 years if he stays healthy or wants to. really.
Chris Hareng: Never? Yes. In our lifetime? No. And I don’t think it’s going to be particularly close to happening by then either.
Chris Mannix: Reggie Miller gave way to Ray Allen who gave way to Steph Curry, so, yes, someone will come who will do more. Curry spawned a whole generation of three-point bombers (see Young, Trae), so it’s hard to believe any of them ultimately eclipse 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 shooting DNA … no.
Rohan Nadkarni: Yes. The game goes too far and Steph has inspired a whole new generation of shooters to step back from the logo and bomb. Eventually there will be a shooter almost as talented as Curry and, due to the evolution of the sport, this player will have even more chances 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 loved and feared on the basketball court. Curry’s legacy is tangible in the sense that he has inspired generations of young people to play the way he does. Eventually, at some point in the next 50 years, at least one of them will become a worthy heir.
2. What is your favorite Stephen Curry Three?
Pina: The Mike Breen Double Bang vs. the Thunder in February 2016. It happened on a Saturday night in a nationally televised showdown between two star-studded championship contenders. There will never be another 37-footer pitched with a second to go in a seemingly inevitable tied overtime game. If you saw it live you will never forget where you were.
Mousse: The shooting against the Clippers in 2015. First, Steve Kerr was voiceless, and leaving your coach without words is a flex. Steph crossed the lane, behind the back, indented, up the sideline and that’s when I knew he was different from a lot of other guys in the league. Yeah, you got a lot of guys that can shoot, but with Steph he’s just better than everyone else.
Beck: This one, without a doubt. Steph rose – casually, without the slightest hesitation – 37 feet, in the last second of a draw, on the road, against his team’s biggest rival, on national television … and draining him like it’s the most natural thing in the world? I would say that’s when the “deep three” became a weapon of choice (as opposed to a desperate uprising).
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 off the bench even before the shot fell, apparently knowing his team was screwed. The way Mike Breen went crazy.
Harris: Most would say all three against the Thunder, which was outrageous. But my three favorites for Steph were the one in his 54-point explosion against the Knicks at MSG in 2013. He shook Raymond Felton from the dribble and just threw it to give him 46 points in the game. It was the moment that made Steph a superstar, and he’s suffered the longest heat toll since.
Mannix: I have a soft spot for the absolute bombshell Curry hit against Oklahoma City, in 2016. Time flies, a meaningful regular season game against a conference rival, Curry stops nearly 40 feet to pierce a winner . Remarkable shot.
Nadkarni: The OKC move is obviously the coolest move Steph has ever hit and it’s my favorite, but I’m going to throw one more into the mix: Game 6 of the 2015 Western Semifinals against the Grizzlies. Curry hit a shot from inside the three-point line on the opposite side of the yard to finish the third quarter and it’s absolutely ridiculous. The Grizzlies just missed their three when Steph recovers the ball after a block, casually takes a step and a half, and rustling a land of three to three quarters. This shot was one of the many early examples of how you can’t rest against Steph for even half a second no matter where he is on the pitch.
3. Where do you rank Steph among the greatest players of all time?
Herring: Steph is already in the top 15, in my opinion. We talk a lot about how Kevin Durant joined the Warriors hampered his legacy, as it potentially made the chase for titles too easy. But more than anything, it robbed us of the chance to see what Steph could have done with the original core of Golden State. So winning another title now would eliminate any remaining questions.
Mousse: There is no doubt that he is the greatest shooter of all time and will remain so for a very long time to come. The greatest player of all time? Steph is in the top 15 at No.15. For me, I always put Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett slightly Above him. Believe it though, another ring and Steph ranks in the top 10.
Mannix: He’s arguably the greatest shooter of all time – I’m only using the qualifier because I really would have liked to see Reggie Miller and Ray Allen play around this time, when shooting double digits per night is the rule. , not the exception – and a third MVP award will at least put Curry in the conversation for the best playmaker of all time. The plus: the way he plays now, at 34, he still has many good years left.
Pina: If Curry stopped playing tomorrow, he would undoubtedly be one of the 20 best players of all time. By the time he retires – he still plays at such a high level and could easily add at least one more MVP or Championship ring to his treasure chest – there’s a good chance he’ll rank in the. top 10.
Beck: Asking where Steph ranks all the time shows why this exercise is so inherently charged. There has never been an NBA superstar built like Curry. He’s hands down the greatest shooter of all time, the greatest playmaker of all time, and one of the greatest 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, just a little silly.
Nadkarni: Stephen Curry is one of the 10 most influential players in NBA history.
Harris: He’s in the top 10 for me. I am proud to be a Steph Curry believer since his second year with Davidson. It has been gratifying to see his run from standout March Madness to one of the best the game has ever played. He turned something that seemed so simple like a three point run into an exciting game. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player, and there are only a handful of players who can really say they’re a game-changer.
Bonus: Three words to describe Stephen Curry.
Mannix: A generational talent.
Herring: Splash Brother Extraordinaire.
Pina: Transcendent. Mythological. Electric.
Beck: Bold. Electrifying. Joyful.
Mousse: Generational. Elusive. Automatique.
Harris: Bewitching. Rare. Showman.
Nadkarni: Better. Shooter. Never.
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