Golden State guard Stephen Curry has only been in the league for four full seasons – 2013-14 will be his fifth – yet he’s already established himself as the best shooter currently playing in the NBA.
But what about Curry’s shooting ability in a historical context?
When you compare the former Davidson star’s numbers to the two best shooters the game as ever seen, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, it’s not even close.
Through his four first seasons, he’s made a remarkable 644 three-point field goals. That’s 147 more than Allen and 223 more than Miller at the same point in their careers. Curry’s NBA career average from behind the arc is .448, meaning nearly every other shot drops.
Allen holds the all-time record with 2,864. He’ll be adding quite a bit to that this season with the Miami Heat.
Miller’s record of 2,560 was broken by Allen.
Curry is averaging 161 three pointers per year. That means that, at his current pace, it will take Steph Curry 14 more seasons to catch Allen’s current mark of 2,864.
With his Golden State squad only improving, and Curry becoming even more lethal from beyond the arc, it isn’t unrealistic to think that one day he may be considered the greatest shooter of all time.