10 crazy Steph Curry stats show how he revolutionized NBA
Most 3-pointers in a single season
Curry will go down as the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history, and it's easy to see why.
There have been nine instances in which an NBA player converted at least 272 3-pointers in a single season. Curry is responsible for five of them.
He became the first player ever to break the 300 barrier, and he didn't stop there. His 402 3-pointers during the 2015-16 season are a single-season NBA record, and his efficiency in that season is just as impressive as the sheer total.
It took Curry 886 attempts to make his 402 treys, a 45.4-percent clip. To put that in perspective, Houston's James Harden converted 378 3-pointers in 2018-19, the second-highest single-season total in NBA history. It took Harden 1,028 attempts to reach that number.
There is no comparison.
Most consecutive games with a 3-pointer
It's not just his accuracy that makes Steph Curry the greatest shooter of all-time; it's his consistency, too.
Curry owns the NBA record for most consecutive regular season games with a made 3-pointer at 157. Longtime NBA sharpshooter Kyle Korver is the only player anywhere in the same realm, ranking second all-time with a streak of 127 games.
Curry's streak began Nov. 13, 2014 and concluded on Nov. 3, 2016. He went 0-for-10 from 3-point range the following night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The very next game, Curry sank 13 of 17 attempts from beyond the arc, which remains his career-high to this day.
Highest scoring average in a 50-40-90 season
There have been 29 instances throughout NBA history in which a player has shot at least 50 percent from the field, at least 40 percent from 3-point range and at least 90 percent from the free-throw line. Of those 29 instances, nobody has averaged more points in that 50-40-90 season than Curry did in 2015-16.
Curry averaged 30.1 points per game that season, a combination of potency and efficiency never before seen in the league. Adding to the impressiveness, he set the NBA single-season 3-point record that year.
There has never been anyone like him.
It doesn't seem to matter what time it is in the game. Steph Curry is liable to go off at any moment.
The Portland Trail Blazers probably already knew that, but they were issued another reminder in overtime of Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the Warriors in 2016, when Curry scored 17 points in OT to lead Golden State to a 132-125 win in Portland. It set the record for most points scored in a single overtime in NBA history, eclipsing the 16 points Gilbert Arenas scored in OT against the Lakers on Dec. 18, 2006.
Curry finished with 40 points in the game. Prior to that contest, he had missed the previous two weeks due to a knee sprain. So much for rust.
Only unanimous MVP in NBA history
The day after Curry set the NBA record for most points in a single overtime, he became the first player in league history to be a unanimous MVP.
Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 2015-16 while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from 3-point range and 90.8 percent from the charity stripe. He was the best player on the winningest team in NBA history, as the Warriors finished the regular season 73-9.
It's the greatest individual season by a guard in league history.
Largest scoring increase by reigning MVP
Curry's unanimous MVP was the second of his back-to-back awards. The first time he won, he averaged 23.8 points per game while leading the Warriors to their first championship in 40 years. The 30.1 points per game he averaged the following year established the largest scoring increase by a reigning MVP throughout NBA history.
Curry's 6.3 points-per-game improvement obviously played a large role in his unanimous recognition. James Harden has since come close to matching Curry, increasing his scoring average by 5.7 points per game after being named MVP in 2017-18. Close, but no cigar.
Career 3-point marksmanship
Year over year, season over season, Curry sets himself apart from all other sharpshooters throughout NBA history. Across his 11 seasons in the league, he has attempted 5,739 3-pointers, converting them at a 43.5-percent clip.
That would be a superb percentage in any one season, and even more so when maintained across an entire career. However, it's also the best 3-point percentage of any player in NBA history that has attempted at least 1,652 treys.
Think about that. The only players that have been more accurate from 3-point range than Curry across their careers attempted 4,000 fewer threes than Steph has. Insane.
Career free-throw marksmanship
Curry's 3-point efficiency extends to the free-throw line, too.
He has attempted 2,827 free throws through his career, converting 90.6 percent of them.
The only players throughout NBA history who have posted a superior career free-throw percentage had 371-or-fewer total attempts from the charity stripe.
Only player to score 50+ with one-or-fewer free throws
While Curry is an elite free-throw shooter on an historical level, the fact remains, he doesn't get to the line nearly as often as he deserves. Time and again, one of the biggest superstars in the game doesn't get superstar calls.
Such was the case on Feb. 25, 2016 when Curry and the Warriors traveled to Orlando to take on the Magic. The soon-to-be two-time MVP had his way with Orlando's defense, pouring in 51 points on 20-of-27 shooting from the field. Adding to the impressiveness, he attempted only a single free throw in the contest, which he converted.
To this day, that's the only instance in NBA history in which a player has scored at least 50 points in a game with one or fewer attempts from the free-throw line.
All other members of First-Team All-NBA go down
Before Curry was a unanimous MVP and before he was the league's scoring leader, he went through the gauntlet, and came out the other side.
On the way to winning the championship in 2014-15, the Warriors had to go through quite the collection of individual studs. To win the title, Golden State had to defeat the four All-Stars who joined Curry on the All-NBA First-Team -- and did. That has never happened before.
In the first round, the Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in four games, but required six games to come from behind and defeat Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round. Then in the conference finals, Curry and Golden State made quick work of James Harden and the Houston Rockets in five games before vanquishing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win the title.