Steph Curry is in the midst of an historical season and tonight he showed once again that he is a slightly-above-average basketball player. Tonight he lit up the Wizards for 51 points on 11-16 from 3-point land. This gives Curry 232 three-pointers on the season, the 10th best total in NBA history. Steph Curry has reached this total before the all-star break and gives him an average of 4.94 three-point makes per game. He is on pace to make 395 this season, shattering his own record of 287. Breaking his own record by 108 threes, more threes than John Stockton, Larry Bird, and Craig Hodges ever hit in a single season. The projected improvement of 108 over last year’s record is almost as many as his coach Steve Kerr’s career best 122. In 47 games, Curry has exceeded the best full seasons of all of the greatest shooters in NBA history except six shooters: Ray Allen, Dennis Scott, George McCloud, Jason Richardson, Peja Stojakovic, and Klay Thompson. He now has four of the top ten best three-point shooting seasons ever. His 11-for-16 from downtown tonight also brought his three-point percentage up to 45.8%, the best of all of top 10 three-point volume seasons.
Not only has he shot his way into an historical frenzy, he is doing it while remaining on pace to break the all-time season record for Player Efficiency Rating, pacing to break Wilt Chamberlain’s 53 year-old record. So, the day after certain ESPN experts challenged Steph Curry’s All-Time Rank of #23 on ESPN’s list, Curry responded to the critics by posting an outburst of 51 points on 19-28 shooting with 11 threes, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. In the process taking his team to an astounding 45-4, a shade better than the record-setting Jordan-led 72-win Bulls team. While I agree that a #23 ranking on the All-Time list is too high for Curry at this point of his career, I must say his game tonight was a pretty good response to the criticism.