“In Chicago the other day, I saw LaMelo Ball’s dad at the game wearing a hat that said: I Told You So. Well, my hat would say: I Had No Idea.”
Stephen Curry is now the most prolific three-point shooter of all time and he has the record to prove it. In a regular-season game against the New York Knicks in the Mecca of Basketball, Steph Curry let a signature three-pointer fly that got nothing but net.
Stephen Curry has gone where no man has gone before, hitting more three-point shots than any player in NBA history, and he’s not done yet.
In the crowd was his father Dell, who had watched as his son went from Davidson College’s second first-team All-American to the 7th pick in the NBA Draft, to three-time NBA Champion, and two-time NBA MVP.
Also in the crowd was Ray Allen, the previous record holder. The difference between these two men couldn’t be starker, and yet they’re so very similar. When Allen was in his prime, three-point shooting was a piece of the game, but not a full-fledged game plan. The game was rough and tumble, with muscle taking precedence over finesse, with grit worth more than style.
Curry changed all of that.
When the NBA changed its rules on defensive alignments, Curry’s style of play became a game-changer. A point guard who can drive to the rim, dish the rock with ease and drop dimes from behind the arc was a rarity. Players like Allen Iverson and even Michael Jordan, were known for their three-point shots, but it wasn’t their calling card. For the most part, letting a player take a three was almost in the defenses best interest. But Steph Curry changed all of that, expanding the floor in ways that no player before him has.
Curry’s otherworldly skill behind the arc also rubbed off on other players. With a shooting guard as good as Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors asked their opponents to pick their poison, with both options being equally lethal. Curry makes his whole team better, like Jordan, Bird, Magic, and all those who came before him.
Stephen Curry has done something that is nearly impossible to do in today’s sports landscape. The constant conversation about who is the GOAT and which player deserves the right to be called the greatest can drown out history when it presents itself. When it comes to Steph Curry, there is no doubt about whether he is the greatest of all time or not, because he OWNS three-point shooting. Case closed, end of story. The three-point line belongs to #30.
In the pantheon of NBA Legends, one man stands alone behind the arc. There simply is no one better than Steph.
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