Steph off to historic 3-point shooting start this season

Steph Curry

Stop me if you've heard this before: Steph Curry is really, really good at shooting the basketball. That's the obvious part. 

But even he hasn't had a start to a season quite like this one during his Hall of Fame career. 

After dropping 37 points and making nine 3-pointers Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets in the Warriors' 117-99 blowout win, Curry now has made 76 3s in 14 games this season. That's the most ever in a 14-game stretch since the NBA adopted the 3-point line in the 1979-80 season. His new record actually breaks his old record, one that he previously set twice

Curry nailed 71 3-pointers in his first 14 games in both the 2015-16 season and the 2018-19 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He wound up winning his second MVP during that 2015-16 season and the Warriors won a record 73 regular-season games. During the 2018-19 campaign, he went to his sixth straight All-Star Game the second time and the Warriors reached their fifth straight trip to the Finals. 

The only downside to those two seasons is the fact the Warriors fell short both times in the Finals.

Curry already broke Ray Allen's record for most career 3-pointers, including the playoffs, this season. He did so in his 13th season and in 585 fewer games. He also should break Allen's regular-season record at some point in early-to-mid December. 


Allen made 2,973 3-pointers in the regular season over his 18-year career. Curry is right behind with 2,908. 

The Warriors star also holds the single-season 3-point record when he made 402 in the 2015-16 season. This season, he's on pace to break that record with a total of 443. 

To further put Curry's start into perspective, just look at what he has done in the last five games compared to some other sharpshooters.

In his record-setting season, Curry averaged 11.2 3-point attempts and 5.1 makes per game. This year, he already is hoisting up a career-high 13.4 3s per game. He's making 5.4 of those attempts per game and is shooting 40.6 percent from long distance. 

The only season Curry has shot under 40 percent from 3 in his career was when he played only five games in the 2019-20 season. 

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"There's never been anybody like him," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the win against the Nets. "He's an offense just by himself. He's an offense because he's gonna pull defenders with him 35 feet from the hoop, and then it's a matter of putting smart people around him like Draymond [Green], like Andre [Iguodala] and many others who are going to take defensive attention that Steph gets and then playmake behind the play when Steph gets the ball out of his hands. 

"The fact that Steph can be dominant on and off the ball is what makes him unique."

Steph Curry is the system. He's playing like an MVP, and his peak just keeps rising. The 12-2 Warriors are reaping the benefits and should see more records fall along the way. 

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