- Chris Palmer, ESPN the Magazine
Sure, records are made to be broken.
But let's be realistic. Most NBA records loom so large that even the best of the crop of current players stand little chance at rewriting the record books. It's even more complicated if a current record holder is still an active player and steadily adding to his career totals.
Enter Stephen Curry.
All of 24 years old, the fourth-year guard has set his sights on taking down a lofty NBA mark. Curry wants Ray Allen's record of most 3-point field goals in a career, which stands at 2,739 and counting. So Curry thinks big, but is it really that far-fetched? On Sunday, Curry went 4-for-8 from 3-point land against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and after initially struggling this season, seems to be hitting his groove.
The fact is, few players are in as good a position as Curry (even though he's very far off) to make a run at history.
Legendary 3-point marksman Reggie Miller held the 3-point record from the time he retired until Feb. 10, 2011, when Ray Allen dropped his 2,561st 3-pointer to become the NBA's all-time leader. Miller is a Hall of Famer and Allen eventually will join him in Springfield, Mass., and both have nearly two decades of experience.
Coach [Mark] Jackson told me he wants me to be more aggressive when it comes to shooting the ball when I'm open. And I'm going to be.
”-- Stephen Curry
Curry, however, is 245th on the all-time list. At his current pace he'll be right around No. 120 by season's end. In two years, he probably could be in the top 80. And that's after only five seasons.
To pass Allen, the Golden State point guard needs to make 195 3-pointers a season for the next 12 seasons. In his first two seasons, Curry averaged 158 3s.
Curry's run on Allen's record will be a decade-long expedition that will require continued accuracy, health and a whole lot of looks at the basket. His ankle injuries have been problematic and must cease if he is to have a shot at the record.
"Hopefully it's something I can do if I play long enough," Curry said.
Curry wants the record. Here's how he'll get it.
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