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Stephen Curry makes 1,000 3-pointers quicker than anyone else. Much quicker

Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


Stephen Curry could have stopped shooting 3-pointers for more than a full season and still made 1,000 career 3-pointers in fewer games than anyone in NBA history.

Of course, Curry wouldn’t do that.

The Warriors guard became the 74th player to make 1,000 3-pointers, draining four triples in the Warriors win over the Pacers last night. He needed just 369 games to achieve the mark – 88 fewer than second-place Dennis Scott.

Here’s how long it took everyone in the 1,000 3-pointer club:


And despite his early injury troubles, Curry was also the youngest to 1,000 3-pointers:


Player3sGames to 1,000 3sAge at 1,000 3s
Stephen Curry100336926-299
Dennis Scott121445729-076
Ray Allen297347327-167
Gilbert Arenas107947628-323
Peja Stojakovic176048828-145
Mike Miller155352727-319
Nick Van Exel152853429-025
Jason Richardson157755128-001
J.R. Smith134456127-097
Michael Redd104557031-218
Ben Gordon116258529-005
Kyle Korver160758530-001
Jason Williams123858731-100
Baron Davis133258928-334
Jamal Crawford176559128-360
Wesley Person115059531-267
Chauncey Billups183059829-182
Brent Barry139560032-317
Jason Terry200960229-121
Tim Hardaway154260531-213
Glen Rice155960629-265
Kevin Martin104360831-043
Paul Pierce198161129-029
Antoine Walker138661528-092
Eddie Jones154661532-025
Rashard Lewis178762628-098
Reggie Miller256062729-207
Quentin Richardson116763329-277
John Starks122264233-184
Vernon Maxwell125665231-153
Cuttino Mobley108565431-218
Mookie Blaylock128365431-012
Manu Ginobili123165734-253
Joe Johnson164566028-196
Stephen Jackson125266131-338
Vince Carter184767031-025
Allan Houston130568230-354
Damon Stoudamire123669131-151
Kirk Hinrich112369332-103
Dan Majerle136069832-170
Morris Peterson100970132-217
Mitch Richmond132670232-162
Mike Bibby151770629-306
Steve Nash168573432-334
Dana Barros109073632-312
Nick Anderson105574532-040
Steve Smith114874632-330
Dirk Nowitzki151374629-269
Hersey Hawkins122674731-062
LeBron James118474928-068
Tracy McGrady108176629-203
Mike Dunleavy116576933-070
Chuck Person122077531-261
Lindsey Hunter107578134-119
Michael Finley145478332-352
Hedo Turkoglu120078431-286
Dale Ellis171978433-225
Shane Battier125079433-154
Jason Kidd198880332-259
Latrell Sprewell110481033-172
Allen Iverson105981532-286
Kobe Bryant168882029-143
David Wesley112383434-138
James Posey103583433-329
Metta World Peace111984433-019
Dell Curry124586034-251
Antawn Jamison116393535-223
Derek Fisher124899635-178
Terry Porter1297100135-005
Rasheed Wallace1086101835-055
Danny Ainge1002103736-020
Clifford Robinson1253110936-340
Gary Payton1132112136-128
Derek Harper1070112536-121

Yes, I too was surprised J.R. Smith previously held the record for youngest player to make 1,000 3-pointers. (Smith has surprised me quite a bit lately.)

In no uncertain terms: Curry blew the competition out of the water.

I’ve long believed Curry will retire as the greatest 3-point shooter of all-time, and obviously him breaking these records reinforces that belief. But he has strong competition sooner than I ever imagined.

Damian Lillard (red) has made 500 3-pointers in 199 games, putting him ahead of Curry (blue) at the same point:


Even by age, despite Curry entering the league younger, Lillard has passed the Warriors guard:


Lillard (2.5 3-pointers per game in his career) trails Curry’s overall pace (2.7), and Curry deserves credit for improving even after his fast start. But it’s also possible Lillard makes similar improvements.

Of course, volume isn’t the only factor in determining the best 3-point shooter. Curry has a healthy lead in career percentage (43.5 to 38.3), and that’s a big reason I remain confident in my Curry prediction.

Still, if we’re going to discuss how Curry smoked the field in games to 1,000 pointers, it’s worth noting Lillard could get there even more quickly.