Steph Curry sank another six three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors 104-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers last night.
That leaves the legend just nine behind the current leading three-point record holder Ray Allen and just ten short of setting a brand new mark.
Curry could even set the record over the weekend when the 21-4 Warriors take on the Philadelphia 76ers, but a more likely game for the record to be broken will likely be the Monday night game when the Warriors face off against the Indiana Pacers.
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Just How Incredible Is This Record?
Ray Allen’s current record for three pointers stands at 2,973, Steph Curry after last night’s game now has 2,964.
However, one thing to note is that Curry’s shooting percentage is much higher. Ray Allen took 7,429 field goal attempts to set his record. This gives him a .400 percentage; however Steph Curry has taken just 6,843 attempts to reach nine fewer than Allen, a percentage of .432.
Only Kyle Korver has a comparable firled goal percentage at .429, but he has landed 674 field goals fewer than Curry.
Furthermore, Curry has achieved this in a 12-year time period starting from the time he joined Golden State in 2009. Allen’s feat was achieved over 18-years in the NBA starting in 1996 and going right the way through to 2014.
The closest current player to Curry, James Harden has 2,506 field goals over the same 12-year span, but, and this is an absolutely salient point, he has made 6,901 attempts in that time. So he has had an extra 58 three-point attempts, but has landed 458 fewer three pointers than Curry.
It is stats like these which show just why Curry is regarded as the best ever 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA and it is likely that by the time he retires from the sport, he may well set a record and a percentage that will last for many, many years.
Warriors Continue Their Strong Start
Curry’s strong performances have been a key component of the Golden State Warriors strong start to the season. They are now 21-4 in the Western Conference, the best record in the NBA and they are half a game ahead of the Phoenix Suns.
It may be early in the season, but it does appear that it is going to be a two-horse race in the Western Conference this year with the Warriors and Suns set to go toe to toe in order to land the top seed in the playoffs.
After a solid start the Dallas Mavericks have slipped down to 7th in the table while the two LA teams are hovering around the 0.500 mark after a somewhat indifferent start to the season so far. The Clippers are 14-12 and the Lakers 13-12.
Much Closer In The Eastern Conference
While the Warriors and Suns are running away at the top of the West, in the East it is a much closer affair. The Nets (17-8) still lead the way half a game ahead of the Bulls (17-9) and then it is the Bucks 16-10 who have recovered well after a somewhat indifferent start to the season.
There are just four wins separating the fourth placed Miami Heat from the 13th placed Indiana Pacers, with only the Magic and Pistons cut off at the bottom of the conference with just 5 and 4 wins apiece respectively.
There are some key games coming up in the NBA including tonights clash between the 76ers and Jazz, the two Conference Champions from last season. We also have the Lakers facing the Grizzlies later today and the Spurs v Nuggets.
BetMGM Sport has the Jazz as the favorites over the 76ers at 3/5 on the moneyline, while the Lakers are the 11/20 favorites against the Grizzlies. The Nuggets – Spurs game is more even with the Spurs 4/5 to win and the Nuggets 21/20 and they’d be my pick on the night.