Stephen Curry will soon be the NBA’s all-time leader in triples.
Curry needs six 3-pointers to tie Ray Allen and seven to pass him for top spot heading into Monday’s clash with the Indiana Pacers.
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When he passes Allen, it will only strengthen Curry’s case as the best shooter in NBA history.
Before his landmark achievement, let’s take a closer look at the NBA’s all-time leaders in 3-pointers made, some of the records Curry already holds, and which players are the biggest threat to nab him on the record books.
NBA 3-point record
The NBA record for 3s hasn’t changed much over the years.
In 2005, Reggie Miller retired with a total of 2,560 3-pointers to his name, setting the record for the most of all time. It wasn’t until February 10, 2011 that Allen surpassed Miller to become the NBA’s 3-point leader. Allen retired in 2014 with 2,973 career 3s.
Allen and Miller ranked first and second, respectively, until Curry surpassed Miller on January 23, 2023.
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Curry is now just six 3s away from tying Allen and seven 3s away from moving to first place. He is also just 33 3s away from 3,000 3-pointers in his career, a milestone that no player has ever reached.
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The other active players in the top 10 in triples are James Harden of Brooklyn and Damian Lillard of Portland.
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What records does Stephen Curry have?
Curry already has quite a few 3-point shooting records.
In the 2012-13 season, Curry made a total of 272 3s, breaking Allen’s record at the time for most 3s in a single season. He broke his own record in 2014-15 when he hit 286 3s. He did it again in 2015-16 when he hit 402 3s, which is still the most of all time.
Curry now has five of the 10 most prolific 3-point shooting seasons in NBA history.
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For his career, Curry is averaging 3.77 3s per game. That’s the most in NBA history, putting him ahead of Duncan Robinson (3.26), Buddy Hield (3.02) and Lillard (3.0).
Curry’s other records include most seasons with at least 200 3s made (8), most 3s in a calendar month (96) and most games with more than 10 3s (22). In addition, he ranks first of all time in triples made in both the playoffs (470) and the finals (121).
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With how many 3s could Stephen Curry finish his career?
Curry’s name is already in all the record books. The crazy part? It shows no signs of slowing down.
In 2020-21, Curry led the league in scoring for the second time in his career averaging 32.0 points per game. He set personal records for both 3-point scoring (5.3) and attempts (12.7) per game that season while connecting 41.6 percent of his chances.
Through 25 games this season, Curry is once again among the league leaders in scoring with 27.1 points per game, and is again setting career highs in 3-point attempts (5.4) and attempts (13.4) for play. He has established himself as the MVP favorite with his early season game.
Curry is currently on track to make 437 3s this season, which would break his own record for most 3s in a single season.
With the health provided, Curry will create a great distance between himself and Allen.
Having signed a four-year extension in 2023, Curry’s current contract runs him through the 2025-26 season.
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Players most likely to catch Stephen Curry
Among active players, Harden and Lillard are the closest to Curry, but both are roughly the same age. Considering that there is already a decent gap between them, it’s hard to imagine any of them catching Curry. (Of the two, Harden probably has the better chance.)
Klay Thompson is another candidate, but losing two straight seasons due to injuries set him back by a decent amount.
Hield (1,155) hit more 3s than Curry (905) during the first five seasons of his career, but Hield was more than two years older than Curry when he entered the NBA. Similar deal with Robinson.
Given how young they are and the volume with which they shoot 3-pointers, Trae Young, Luka Doncic, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker are perhaps the biggest threats to catching Curry.