Stephen Curry continues to drop those long bombs like they’re nothing. In the Warriors’ 119-98 victory over the Orlando Magic Sunday night, Curry scored 27 points, hitting 7 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc. That brings his career total of treys to 1,763 – surpassing Peja Stojakovic’s 1,760 and moving him to 13th on the all time list.
The game against Orlando is only an iota of a display of Curry’s shooting prowess. He’s certainly been the best shooter in the league in the past couple of years. But could he become the greatest 3-point shooter of all time? Could he unseat Ray Allen?
Looking At The Numbers
To gauge the possibility of this, let’s look at the numbers. Ray Allen retired with 2,973 3-pointers to his name. That’s over 400 ahead of 2nd placer Reggie Miller’s 2,560. With Curry’s 1,763, he needs 1,211 to dethrone Allen.
Let’s take the last five years as a sample for Curry’s shooting, including this season. And, let’s assume he continues to shoot this well for the rest of his career. The last five years includes the brief period where he really came into his own, plus a bit of the ‘prime Curry’ we’re witnessing right now. In that case, Curry averages 3.9 treys made per game.
1,211 needed shots, divided by 3.9 per game: Curry needs 311 more games to beat the record. That’s equals to 4 more regular 82-game seasons, not even counting the Playoffs. And Stephen Curry is just 27 years old – at the top of his game for the foreseeable future, and nowhere near retirement.
In short: By the end of the 2021 season, Stephen Curry could officially be the greatest 3-point shooter of all time, with well over 3,000 career makes from long range.
Can He Still Get Better?
It’s hard to see Curry’s numbers outdoing his numbers of the 2015-16 season. The acquisition of Kevin Durant has done that. In order to allow another superstar to thrive in Golden State, Curry has shared the ball more, and the scoring load.
Still, the greatest shooters like Allen, Miller, Kidd, and Carter tend to also be the sturdiest, in terms of physical longevity. Stephen Curry seems to be cut from the same cloth as those greats; and even if his feet ever slow down, it’s unlikely that we’ll see his shooting stroke drop anytime soon. In all likelihood, we’re witnessing history in the making.