Stephen Curry’s historic shooting streak continues

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Against the 76ers on April 19, Stephen Curry was frequently defended by his younger brother, Seth Curry, pictured here. Bottom: Curry pulls up to sink a dagger three late in the 4th quarter to bury the Sixers.

Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry is currently in the midst of one of the most historic and never-before witnessed shooting streaks in all of basketball history. 

 

Curry, the 2014-15 and 2015-16 league MVP, is now 33 years old and in his 12th season in the NBA. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star and boasts career averages of 24.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game after playing in more than 740 regular season games thus far in his career. Many- in fact, most- basketball analysts and commentators have crowned Curry with the title of “greatest shooter of all-time.” Curry is, statistically, the best free-throw shooter in NBA history with a career percentage of 90.71% from the line on over 3,100 total career attempts. 

 

For five straight seasons, between 2012-2017, Curry led the entire NBA in both 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted. During his historic 2015-16 unanimous MVP season, Curry broke the NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers made in a season, when he knocked down an almost-unfathomable 402 3PT field goals. In that same season, he also led the league in free-throw percentage and steals, while leading his team to the best regular-season record in NBA history. (Therefore, no surprise he won the MVP Award that season).

 

Currently, as of 2021, Curry is 2nd all-time in total made 3-pointers in NBA history, behind only former All-Star shooting guard Ray Allen, who retired in 2014. It was just earlier this season when Curry took over the #2 spot on this all-time list when he passed the great Reggie Miller in a game on January 23, 2021 after making his 2,561st career three. (Just since that January date, Curry has added an additional 194 made triples to his total.)

 

Now, let’s discuss the history-making, incredible shooting streak Stephen Curry is currently on.

 

Curry has played in 11 games between March 29 to April 19, 2021. 

 

In this 11-game stretch he has averaged 40.0 points per game on the following shooting splits: 54.1% from the field, 49.7% from 3PT range, and 90.3% from the free throw line.

 

In this span, five of the games Curry has scored more than 40, including three games with over 45 points scored. However, it’s not simply the number of points he’s scored that is the most eye-popping aspect of this streak. It has been his 3-point shooting. In 6 of these 11 games, Curry has made at least 6 three-pointers. 

In 5 of the games, he’s made at least eight threes. And, maybe the most eye-popping number of them all, in 4 of these games, he’s made double-digit 3-pointers on the same night.

 

To put into perspective how absolutely, on-another-level this type of barrage of three-point shooting is, here is a statistic that is almost difficult to believe is true. It’s a stat that truly illustrates how far Curry has set himself apart from other phenomenal 3-point shooters in NBA history. Here is the statistic: 

 

After this unbelievable stretch of games, Stephen Curry now has 21 career games he’s played in in which he’s made 10 or more three-pointers in a single game. That ranks #1 for most single games in NBA history with 10+ threes made. Again, keep note, 21 games. The player who ranks #2 on this list is Klay Thompson, fellow Golden State Warriors guard. He has 5 of such games in his entire career.

 

So, what about some other legendary shooters known for their 3-point prowess? Well, let’s take a look. In terms of making 10 or more threes in a single game, there are only a handful of players that have ever done this even once

 

As just mentioned before, Klay Thompson has 5 of these games. 

The all-time leader in threes made, Ray Allen, has only done it in 1 game ever in his career.

Kobe Bryant also has just 1 game where he made 10+ threes. 

Current Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has achieved this feat in 2 career games.

Former Knicks guard J.R. Smith has 3 of these games. 

Damian Lillard has 3 such games, as does James Harden.

 

Stephen Curry has 21 such games. Those seven players just mentioned, combined, have 18.

 

Let’s again take one more look at the total numbers from this 11-game stretch and break them down just a little bit more.

 

In the 11 games, Curry made 78 three-pointers- an average of over 7 3PM per game. The 78 made in an 11-game stretch is also, not even surprisingly, the most made by a single player in NBA history. He attempted 157 threes, and by making 78, that’s a percentage just a hair under 50%. 

Shooting fifty percent from 3-point range for an entire season is unheard of and has never been done by a player who shoots enough shots to qualify on the leaderboards. Not by even the greatest sharpshooters that have ever laced up. 

 

But, we need more of the big picture. For reference, the NBA average league-wide for 3PT percentage is just around 37%. 

However, that’s for players who are attempting an average, typical number of three-pointers per game, anywhere around 1 to 4 three-point attempts per game. Any player who attempts more than 4 three pointers per game is considered to be a high-volume three-point shooter. Nowadays, (besides Steph Curry), think players like Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Buddy Hield.

 

Curry, during this stretch, with the 157 3PT attempts, puts him at an average of more than 14 3PT attempts per game. That stat, in itself, is absolutely astonishing. But, it’s not Curry’s attempts that mattered as much as his makes; 49.7% on 157 attempts puts Curry on a whole different spectrum when we’re talking about high-volume three-point shooters and their efficiency. This level of efficiency, on this many attempts, has never been witnessed before in the history of basketball.

 

In the Warriors’ most recent game on Monday, April 19, they took on the 76ers in Philadelphia. Stephen Curry was on fire shooting the ball pretty much right from the get-go, as he knocked down 3 threes in the first quarter alone. And it continued from there. At halftime, Curry led all scorers in the game with 20 points, and it was a tie game, 55-55. 

 

Neither the Warriors or Sixers could really draw any distance between themselves and their opponent, and it was truly as close a game as could possibly be. In the 3rd quarter, though, the Warriors were finally able to draw a bit of distance from the Sixers and break away to claim a 5-point lead headed into the 4th. Although he did actually manage to score 9 points in that quarter, Curry struggled badly shooting the ball in the quarter, as he missed a ton of shots. Despite that, Curry still had 29 points at that point of the game headed into the final twelve minutes. Curry sat on the bench resting for almost the whole first half of the quarter, and then checked back into the game with just 6:45 remaining once Philadelphia also checked their starters back into the game. 

 

When the game became extremely tight in the final 5 minutes, Curry flipped a switch and went absolutely crazy on offense. In this 4th quarter alone, he went 5 for 5 from three-point range, including one of those threes with exactly 2 minutes to go which essentially put the dagger in Philly’s heart and iced the game for a Warriors’ win. With a 20-point 4th quarter, that gave Curry 49 points for the game (including 10/17 3PT), which extended his historic streak to 11 consecutive games in which he scored 32+ points.

 

The offensive brilliance on display was absolutely unbelievable to watch. Stephen Curry literally made NBA history right in front of our eyes.