As we all know, Steph Curry made history this week when he became the all-time leader in 3-point shots. He broke the record earlier in the game, and by the end, he had three more 3-pointers.
Curry has always been a fantastic shooter, and becoming the all-time leader solidified his place in history among the greats. And he passed some great 3-point shooters to become No.1. The top 3 in most 3-pointers are legendary, and there’s another active player trying to creep his way up the ladder.
Here are the top 3-point shooters behind Steph Curry.
1.) Ray Allen
Ray Allen was (and still is) one of the NBA’s greatest shooters of all time. He was the all-time leader in 3-pointers with 2,973 until Curry broke the record. Allen shot an impressive 40 percent from deep in his career, and his knack for shooting helped him win championships.
Allen played a critical role in the Miami Heat’s 2013 championship when he made a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime in Game 6 of the series. The San Antonio Spurs led the series 3-2, and before Allen’s shot, the series looked like it was over. In fact, league officials brought out yellow tape and started cordoning the court in anticipation of the Spurs’ win. But with a rebound from Chris Bosh and a pass to Allen, the momentum shifted to the Heat.
Allen was an excellent shooter, and it was only right that he passed the next person on this list to become the all-time leader. And it was only right that Curry passed him. But before Curry and Allen, there was another incredible shooter. His name is Reggie Miller.
2.) Reggie Miller
Miller made 2,560 3-pointers in his career and shot nearly 40 percent in the process.
The Pacers guard accomplished great things in his career. He was a five-time NBA All-Star, the third player to make the 50-40-90 club (which is when a player shoots 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from deep, and 90 percent from the free-throw line), and he is a Hall-of-Famer. He is also a member of the 75th Anniversary Team.
Miller was a 3-point threat, and it took two great shooters in Curry and Allen to pass him. But someone else may be on the verge of catching him.
3.) James Harden
James Harden is one of the best and most well-known players of today’s game. He’s a one-time MVP, a three-time scoring champion, and a 75th Anniversary Team member.
As of now, Harden has 2,509 3-pointers. He has passed recently retired players like Kyle Korver, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce and more. And, the only active players close to Harden are Damian Lillard and LeBron James. Lillard has 2,119 3-pointers, and James has 2,027.
Harden could reach (and pass) Miller before it’s all said and done. And there’s a great chance that he will. Will he reach Allen or Curry? Not likely. But if he passes Miller, he’ll add his name to history (like his peer Steph Curry). It’s only a matter of time.