Curry Set To Make 3-Point History

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Three is greater than two.

It’s simple math, and the NBA is realizing it more and more each year.

This season, the league has made and attempted more 3s than it ever has. Both the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have passed the previous single-season, team highs for 3-point makes and attempts. And now, with one game left in the regular season, Stephen Curry is just two 3-pointers away from setting the all-time record for most 3-pointers made in one season by an individual.

Most 3-pointers, single season

Player Team Season GP 3PM 3PA 3PT% 3PA%
Ray Allen Seattle 2005-06 78 269 653 41.2% 43.5%
Stephen Curry Golden State 2012-13 77 268 589 45.5% 42.9%
Dennis Scott Orlando 1995-96* 82 267 628 42.5% 56.2%
George McCloud Dallas 1995-96* 79 257 678 37.9% 52.9%
Jason Richardson Charlotte 2007-08 82 243 599 40.6% 40.8%
Peja Stojakovic Sacramento 2003-04 81 240 554 43.3% 40.0%
Mookie Blaylock Atlanta 1995-96* 81 231 623 37.1% 55.5%
Peja Stojakovic New Orleans 2007-08 77 231 524 44.1% 51.1%
Ray Allen Milwaukee 2001-02 69 229 528 43.4% 46.0%
Reggie Miller Indiana 1996-97* 81 229 536 42.7% 43.1%

* The 3-point line was shorter (22 feet all around) in 1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97
3PA% = Percentage of total shots from 3-point range

Curry put himself in this position after hitting nine 3s in L.A. on Friday and another seven against the Spurs on Monday, the 19th and 20th times he’s hit at least five 3s in a game this season.

In only 12 of his 77 games has Curry hit fewer than two 3s, so the odds are good that he’ll get the two he needs in Portland on Wednesday. The Blazers have the fourth-best 3-point defense in the league, but Curry hit seven treys against them less than three weeks ago.

Curry is the Warriors’ point guard, so most of his 3s have come from above the break. Only 46 of his 268 3s have come from the corners, but Curry has shot the worst from the top of the key. And he’s clearly more comfortable from the right side of the floor…

Stephen Curry's 3-point shot chart

Stephen Curry’s 3-point shot chart

Curry leads the league with 103 unassisted 3-pointers, but 165 (62 percent) of Curry’s 3s have been assisted, by nine different teammates.

Assists on Stephen Curry’s 3-pointers

Player Assists %
Jarrett Jack 62 23%
David Lee 41 15%
Klay Thompson 24 9%
Harrison Barnes 16 6%
Andrew Bogut 10 4%
Carl Landry 5 2%
Festus Ezeli 3 1%
Draymond Green 2 1%
Kent Bazemore 1 0%
Andris Biedrins 1 0%
Unassisted 103 38%

Only 39 percent of his 3s from the top of the key have been assisted, vs. 67 percent from the wings and corners. Combine that with his shooting percentage numbers (worse at the top) and it’s clear that he’s a better shooter off the pass than off the dribble.

The way things are going, we may see somebody top 300 3-pointers in a season sometime soon. And it may be Curry. For now, he’ll have to settle for this place in the NBA record book.

59 Comments

  1. Dino says:

    Also, LOL @ Golden States coach proclaiming curry the greatest shooter in the game today. I’m guessing he missed Durants 50/40/90 Shooting while averaging over 28 PPG this season…..a Larry Bird Esque performance.

    • bigwes95 says:

      Steve Nash has done that 4 times, and should have been more if he didn’t shoot 89.9% from the free throw line in one year, or 39% fg and 89.4% from the free throw line, or 49.7% fg. if he did those in these years, it would be about 7 times, and they would all be in a row. just 10 shots in a season could have gotten Nash this if he made them, so I don’t see Durant’s as being special…

  2. Dino says:

    Stat padding. That is the diff. btwn Ray and Curry. Ray put up 269 3’s without chasing the title. Curry was specifically chasing the title and put up over 50 shots behind the arc in the last few games. Ray’s performance was still more impressive as he wasn’t chasing a record. More players should be humble like Kevin Durant was not chasing the scoring title, and Kobe was last year when he essentially gave away the scoring title to Durant.

    • AJ Mills says:

      Ray Allen beat Scott’s record by 2–you really think he was totally unaware? I call BS.

      If Curry were on the floor shooting 3s in the fourth quarter of blowouts, yeah I could see claiming that he padded stats. But the Warriors didn’t even win all the games where he shot a ton of 3s–clearly they needed all of those points and a few more. Also hard to complain about his volume of shots when he had a higher 3PT%.

      I’d be shocked if you’d seen any Warriors games this season–except maybe when they were playing your team. Why try to diminish this kid’s accomplishment?

  3. jrom19 says:

    He’s got the record!!!

  4. mee(a)t says:

    I watched his highlights when the warriors went against the lakers and knicks…my jaw couldn’ get up

  5. Sizzles says:

    This guy has the potential to be the greatest but I fear that injuries could derail him. Really hoping it doesn’t. Good luck Steph Curry!

  6. Luca says:

    David…..you wanna come back after everyone has ruined you?

  7. Shaquille O'Neal says:

    David, welcome to the Javale McGee show.

  8. Chu says:

    What does GP mean?

  9. Curryflavor says:

    lol- i just read through every1’s response to Dave’s ill-advised comment… people are not forgiving i guess David, next time check your facts

  10. QuestionMark says:

    Its pretty much impossible for Curry not to break the record, unless he gets injured, he knows about the record, he wants the record, and like it was said the article, out the 77 games, only in 12 of them did he make less than two 3s, he can break the record within the first minute of the first quarter.

  11. JR says:

    Robbed from being an All-Star… When he do break this record, I hope the NBA apologize publicly for being idiots.

  12. Soltero32 says:

    This kid will be a legend.

  13. MyNameisDavid says:

    I’m crying now leave me alone I know I made a mistake

  14. River says:

    The Blazers have one and only one thing to play for tonight. To make certain that Steph Curry doesn’t hit two three pointers. Expect him to be double teamed whenever he is anywhere near the arc with or without the ball. Not a good strategy to win the game, but the Blazers are more interested in winning ping-pong balls at this point anyway. You heard it here first, Curry won’t get the record.

    • bigwes95 says:

      or to stop their losing streak, but the season is already over, I don’t know why i’m even looking at this

  15. vtran54 says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure he made a half court shot to finish the half in the first matchup with Houston. If that is true, he should be 1/6 from beyond the half. Then again, he might have been across the half court line, I forget.

  16. Du says:

    david robinson shoots better 3s than all of them!!

  17. dougkearney says:

    @john, Steph has started in 77 of 81 games this season. It looks like the ankle is good.

  18. wd says:

    @ David….where are you?…..from me it’s just DUH…since everyone just urned you to crisp..

  19. FrankA503 says:

    @David. You’re dumb.

  20. Stephisbeast says:

    Sorry my comment was for David, not Mark.

  21. Stephisbeast says:

    LOL Mark – I guess your High School diploma isn’t worth as much as you thought.

    Numbers do not lie (well, okay, statistics can sometimes be manipulated to prove whatever point you want to make but no need to go into all that college level stuff since apparently Mark only has a HS diploma). Stephen Curry is the best shooter the NBA has ever seen. People are only just starting to hear about him, but he can run circles around anyone in the NBA, past or present. If he were on the Lakers, Heat, or any of those big market teams, he would be a superstar. The only reason he isn’t on commercials yet is because of the media bias against the Warriors.

  22. Dre says:

    David be Shaqtin a fool.

  23. Simba says:

    @David

    It’s so funny how you’re quick to call Mark and question his ability to read tables when he’s actually right. If YOU could actually read tables you’d see that Curry has the highest 3PT% at 45.5% while Peja actually shot 41.1%. The 55.1% you were so quick to throw in Mark’s face was actually the percentage of Peja’s shots that were 3-point field goals that year significantly higher than Steph’s 42.9%. I just have one question for you… do you need some ice for that burn?

  24. Paul says:

    David, he is referring to 3PT%, and Steph Curry does beat everybody in that category on this list. The 51.1% by Peja is in the 3PA% column. Apparently you are the one who cannot read tables and you were the one with the uneducated comment.

  25. Peno says:

    Congrats Steph!

  26. Mark says:

    its amazing how not only will he have the most makes, but he’s also shooting the highest percentage out of everyone on the list.

    by the end of his career he may break ray allens record for career makes.

    • David says:

      Peja shot 51.1% which is insanely higher compared to curry and this was with the same 3 point line. Curry is NOT shooting the highest percentage out of everyone on the list, Mr. Mark. Thank you for your uneducated comment though I guess you aren’t good at reading tables.

      • BLURD says:

        are you good at reading tables too?lol

      • Smart says:

        David, before you accuse someone of uneducated posts you might want to double check your math and learn how to read a table yourself. Peja took 51.1% of all his shots from 3-pt range but only made 44.1% of his 3-pt shots. Curry has made 45.5% of his 3-pt shots. 45.5% is better than 44.1%.

      • gnikoloff says:

        51,1% of his shots where 3pt-ers and he made 44,1 %. You should read top of the columns more carefuly.

      • POMS says:

        did he shot that much 3-pointers while having that average?

      • Ivan says:

        I guess you aren’t good at reading tables either…3PA% is NOT 3-pointer Shooting Percentage; 3PA% is the percentage of three pointers you take in terms of shot selection. Peja’s 51.1% meant that all the shots he took, 51.15 of them were 3-pointers. Please check your stuff before running your mouth.

      • sshhh says:

        you’re a funny guy.

      • phi pham says:

        Haha don’t insult someone when you’re stupid, what you’re refering to is the 3 point attempt percentage not the 3 point field goal

      • babymoney says:

        HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA David!!! You are so good at reading tables only you see.

      • pep says:

        poor david…what a shame!

      • sam says:

        haha David thanks for your educated comments

      • uoykcuf says:

        Poor Mr David, funny how the table turns.

    • john says:

      Yea if he can stay uninjured.

    • phi pham says:

      Do you even read bro? Hahaha fail!

  27. zgillet says:

    It would be impressive if he could get the record without breaking 600 attempts.

    • JimT says:

      This kid was putting Nbaers to shame while chillin up in toronto when his dad was playin for the raptors.Curry will become the best shooter the NBA has ever seen.

    • ock says:

      oh he will…trust me. he’s gonna make bout 7 3’s watch all under 600 attempts

    • GADOLFAN013 says:

      What’s most impressive is maintaining that 45.5% while attempting that many 3’s, only Peja Stojakovic is even close on that list.

      • Ed says:

        Former LA Laker’s player Robert Horry has the most three pointers made in a playoff series and made seven three pointers in a row during a game I believe.