On December 15th, Steph Curry confirmed the statement that most NBA fans have been making for years prior: he is the greatest three-point shooter of all time.
Curry surpassed Ray Allen’s career mark of 2,973 career threes to become the all-time leader, with still plenty of time to create a cushion for the next heir of the throne. And if the three-point trend continues to grow as it has in its 43 years of creation, Curry better continue launching from downtown.
Although over 3,000 threes seems like it will be untouched for a while, it only took Allen’s record of 2,900 makes seven years to be surpassed, which was set just six years after Reggie Miller ended his career with the record of 2,560.
Before looking into the future of who will potentially leave Curry in the runner-up spot for most threes made, let’s reveal the obvious. Curry, Allen, and Miller all played in very separate eras, where Curry significantly received the benefit of a shooter’s league.
So, how much of his success does he owe to the league he played in?
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Considering Miller’s three-point attempts per game would inflate over 48% in a more balanced league, it makes sense that his career makes would nearly double as well, giving him an additional 1,100 threes. Ray Allen’s inflation is much more modest, as he received an 11% boost on his attempts from deep, while also shooting it at a much higher clip from the outside than Miller.
Curry’s 3-point attempts would deflate just about 30%, leaving him 15-hundred makes behind the record yet again. But even though Curry lost out on a-third of his attempts per game, he winds up still in a position to regain the title.
If Steph continued at his career pace after inflation, which is 2.7 threes per game, it would take him 570 more games to surpass Miller’s new record of 3,715. Although Curry is about to turn 34 already, those additional 578 games would allow him to retire at 1,393 career games played, just 4 more than Miller.