- Steph Curry has passed Reggie Miller for second place in the NBA’s all-time three-point list.
- Curry has made a total of 2,562 three-pointers in just 715 games played and he is now 411 away from Ray Allen’s all-time mark.
- The Warriors are a -170 to make the playoffs this season.
With a catch-and-shoot corner three-pointer in the third quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Utah Jazz, Stephen Curry passed Reggie Miller for second place in the NBA’s all-time three-point baskets made leaderboard.
Steph Curry passes Reggie Miller on the all-time 3PTS list!
Ray Allen: 2973 (1300 GMS)
Steph Curry: 2561 (715 GMS)
Reggie Miller: 2560 (1389 GMS)
Kyle Korver: 2355 (1232 GMS)
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 24, 2021
The Jazz beat the Warriors 127-108 for Golden State’s second consecutive defeat but even that loss didn’t take anything away anything from the glitter of Curry’s personal accomplishment.
Catching Reggie in Record Time
New NBA rankings for most career 3-pointers made:
1. Ray Allen, 2,973
2. Steph Curry, 2,562
3. Reggie Miller, 2,560
(And Steph did it in slightly over HALF as many games as Allen and Miller played) https://t.co/cCJJhpzGaS
— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) January 24, 2021
Curry didn’t just catch Miller. He did so in record time. While it took Miller 1,389 games to make 2,560 career three-pointers, Curry passed him in just 715 games. Ray Allen made his 2,561st three-pointer in 1,074 games. That means at his career rate of 2,562 3-point baskets made divided by 715 games played or 3.83 three-point baskets made per game, he will need only 108 games to pass Ray Allen for the NBA’s all-time three point makes record.
With his current cushion over Curry, Allen’s record is most certainly safe in 2021. However, barring any major injury ( fingers crossed ), it’s just a matter of time before Curry claims the record for himself. Curry is only in his 12th NBA season and is only 32 years old. He may have already won two MVPs and three NBA titles, but there’s no doubt he’s still in the peak of his shooting powers.
The Warriors’ guard is having a strong shooting start to the 2020-21 season and he is making 4.1 three-pointers per game, 2nd best in the league behind Bradley Beal’s 4.8 three point makes per contest. If he keeps his current pace during this shortened 72-game season, he will pass Allen sometime in the second half of the 2021-22 NBA campaign.
What separates Curry from Allen and Miller is the fact that both legends used the three-pointer as part of their overall game. Meanwhile, Curry and his Warriors revolutionized the NBA game by emphasizing the three-point shot and making it as the their main source of offense. Simply put, Curry changed the game with his otherworldly shooting talent.
Warriors Were Among the Way Too Early Favorites
2021 NBA Championship Odds: Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Bucks Top 4 Favorites
— Camellia (@Camelli17014017) October 31, 2020
Golden State opened with one of the best odds to win it all in 2021 as oddsmakers expected the return of the Splash Brothers. But after Klay Thompson’s season-ending injury, the Warriors fell off the odds boards even before the season began.
Currently, online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag has Golden State next to last in the Pacific Division odds board at +2800. At the start of 2020, Bovada also had Golden State as a -170 to make the playoffs. However, with Curry red hot from deep early in the season, the Dubs are still within striking distance.
At 8-8 on the year, Golden State is one of three teams tied for 8th place in the Western Conference and they are just one game off the 4th seeded Portland Trail Blazers. Sure, it’s still too early in the season to say which teams will make the postseason, but if the early trends will hold, the Dubs will be fighting for at least the final playoff spot in the West.
This wasn’t what the Dubs had planned for this season. They were among the early betting favorites to win the 2021 NBA title. Thompson’s injury changed that. Now the Dubs are trying to improvise behind Curry and with the way he’s been hitting his shots, you can’t count out the Warriors out of the postseason just yet.