Here’s why Steph Curry is already the best three-point shooter in NBA history

May 22, 2015 - Basketball

There’s no way Steph Curry can be the best shooter in NBA history already, can he? Opinions aside, there’s a ton of numbers that support that claim.

After just 5 1/2 seasons in the NBA (he missed the majority of the 2011-12 season with injuries), Curry already owns three of the top five spots for total threes made in one season.

Rank Player 3PM Season Team
1. Steph Curry 286 2014-15 GSW
2. Steph Curry 272 2012-13 GSW
3. Ray Allen 269 2005-06 SEA
4. Dennis Scott 267 1995-96 ORL
5. Steph Curry 261 2013-14 GSW

With just six(ish) seasons under his belt, Curry is not only one of the most prolific three point shooters in NBA history, but he’s pretty freaking accurate.

Though Steve Kerr (45.4%) and Hubert Davis (44.09%) rank above Curry (44.05%) in terms in career three-point percentage, those two haven’t shot nearly as many threes as the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

Rank Player 3PT% Attempts
1. Steve Kerr .4540 1599
2. Hubert Davis .4409 1651
3. Stephen Curry .4405 2704
4. Drazen Petrovic* .4374 583
5. Jason Kapono .4336 1054

In fact, if Curry shoots another 600 threes next season, he’ll have as more attempts as Kerr (1599) and Davis (1651) combined by the end of the 2015-16 season.

But let’s start talking about volume and accuracy. When both are in play, there’s no one that comes close to Curry. He’s #1 in terms of accuracy among players with at least 2,000 three-point attempts at 44.0%. (through 2014-15 regular season):

Rank Player 3PT% Att
1. Stephen Curry .440 2704
2. Kyle Korver .432 3998
3. Steve Nash .428 3939
4. Wesley Person .418 2754
5. Dana Barros .411 2652

For context, Curry is a better shooter from three than some players are overall. His three-point mark is higher than the the career field goal percentages of Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd and Tracy McGrady. The 44% accuracy from distance is the same as Paul Pierce’s and Vince Carter’s career FG%. It’s not to diss those players, but to put what Curry is doing on the court into perspective.

It’s not just the regular season that Curry is setting the nets on fire, but in the playoffs, he’s already nearing the record for most threes in one postseason. He currently sits one measly three-pointer behind Reggie Miller’s record of 58 threes in a postseason. The kicker? It took Miller 22 games to reach 58 threes while it’s only taken Curry 12 playoff games to sink 57 threes.

As far as the question of whether “Steph Curry is already the best three point shooter in NBA history or not?” — I would ask the doubters to answer “Why Steph Curry isn’t the best shooter in NBA history?”

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