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The Statistical Case For Steph Curry As Best Shooter of All-Time

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Is he the best ever?

Catch and Shoot. Off the dribble. Pull up in transition. Step Back. 

One handed leaner?

https://vine.co/v/el0n7jtF1P1

It doesn’t matter, it’s going in. 

Stephen Curry is changing the game of basketball.

Curry has the most lethal weapon in the game of basketball today: the three-point shot. No disrespect to the Kyle Korvers, JJ Reddicks, Wesley Matthews, and Klay Thompsons of the world, but Curry is on another planet.

Through November 13th, Curry leads the NBA with 52 three-pointers this season. He has at least twice as many threes as every player in the NBA this season, except Damian Lillard (35 threes). 

Stephen Curry‘s unbelievable start has fans across the world wondering: Is he the greatest shooter of all time? At only 26 years old, one might think it is tough to hand him that crown already. But, the stats tell us otherwise.

Stephen Curry actually has the top two spots on the most three-pointers made in NBA history in a season. He could also finish his career by obliterating the current three-point records.                 

                                    Most Three-Pointers Made in a Single Season

Most Three-Pointers Made In A Single Season

When thinking about the greatest three-point shooters of all-time, a few names come to mind; Reggie Miller, of course, Larry Bird, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, and Peja Stojakovic. Here is a quick look at how Curry stacks up against these guys through his first six NBA seasons.


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Curry clearly has the edge in shots made and percentage. He has 263 more three-pointers through his first six seasons than the all-time leader of three-pointers, Ray Allen, had through his first six seasons. 

If he retired today, Stephen Curry would have the second highest three-point percentage in NBA history, one behind his own coach, Steve Kerr (who we wish a speedy recovery, too). 


                                Highest Three-Point Percentages of All-Time

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However, Steve Kerr should not by any means be considered a greater shooter than Curry. Although he does it 1.23% higher today, Kerr shot the ball much less. In his 16 year career, he made 726 three-pointers. Curry made 819 in his last three complete seasons.

You tell me who’s better? 

Curry also has an uncanny ability to make shots off the dribble at such a high rate, something that we have never seen before. Here is a look at made off-the-dribble threes with percentages, according to grantland.comImage title

Edge, Curry.

Many are still hesitant to say Curry is the best three-point shooter of all time. It is indeed difficult to make that strong of an assumption so early on in an athlete’s career. But, if Curry remains healthy, and continues at his record breaking pace, he will go down as the greatest three-point shooter of all time.

As we are ten games into the 2015 NBA seasons, it’s clear that Curry is still getting better. I mean, he’s only 26 years old, so he is just about entering his prime. He’s on pace to shatter all sorts of records and is leading a 10-0 Golden State team to a historic start. He is the early frontrunner for MVP and the talk of the country.

In case you’ve missed any of Curry’s ridiculousness lately,  here’s a look at ESPN’s top 10 Stephen Curry plays of the NBA season 

So basketball fans, sit back and enjoy the Stephen Curry show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnDwBvqlfuE

All statistics courtesy of NBA.com/stats and Basketball-reference.com

Edited by Jeremy Losak, Kim Fox, Joe Weit.

SQuiz
Who holds the record for most three-pointers in NBA history?
Created 11/6/15
  1. Paul Pierce
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. Ray Allen
  4. Reggie Miller

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