Stephen Curry has proven to be one of the greatest shooters of all-time. His shooting abilities haven’t just helped him win multiple NBA MVP awards, but he has also won three championships with the Golden State Warriors. The biggest question about him, though, is this: is Curry the greatest shooter of all-time? The former President of the United States, Barack Obama, recently answered that question and sent out a strong message about Curry while doing it.
Stephen Curry has proven to be one of the greatest shooters ever
Stephen Curry became a star at Davidson in college, which led to the Golden State Warriors selecting him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Curry played well throughout his first few seasons with the Warriors. In his first four seasons combined, Curry averaged 19.2 points per game, four rebounds, and 6.1 assists. He also shot 44.6% from 3-point range.
However, after leading the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 during the 2012-13 season, and only the second time since 1994-95, Curry became an All-Star in 2013-14. He averaged 24 points per game, 8.5 assists, and shot 42.4% from 3-point range. During the 2014-15 season, though, Curry won the NBA MVP award, as he averaged 23.8 points per game, 7.7 assists, and shot 44.3% from long range. He also led the Warriors to a 67-15 record that year and an NBA championship, their first since 1974-75.
Curry then helped the Warriors go on one of the most dominant runs of all-time after that. In addition to Curry winning a second consecutive MVP award in 2015-16, averaging 30.1 points per game, an NBA-leading 2.1 steals, and making an unreal 402 long-range attempts during that season, Curry helped lead the Warriors to five consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Golden State ended up winning three championships during that span.
For his career, Curry is averaging 23.5 points per game and 6.6 assists. He has also made 2,495 career 3-pointers, which is No. 3 in NBA history, and his 43.5% career 3-point shooting percentage is sixth all-time.
Barack Obama sends a strong message about the Warriors’ star
Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, recently appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast, and he got asked about whether Curry is the greatest shooter ever. For him, the answer to that question is easy.
“That’s not even a question — absolutely,” Obama said. “I have not seen anybody who can shoot that way in as many ways, in as unlikely ways, as consistently as Steph Curry. I know Steph well. Everything he does, it’s precise and neat and tight.”
He then had an interesting way of comparing Curry to other stars like LeBron James.
“These world-class athletes, they’re like X-Men,” Obama said. “Some of them, you can tell are like the Hulk, right? You’re standing next to LeBron, you know he’s a freak. You stand next to Steph, and he’s like one of those guys, who, he has some superpower [once] he takes off his glasses. You can’t see right away, but [he] is just as much of a freak, it’s just it’s not as obvious.”
Obama made some good points. Curry just looks like an average guy, but is actually one of the most talented players to ever play in the NBA. Is Obama right, though, about Curry being the greatest shooter ever?
Is Stephen Curry the greatest shooter of all-time?
Allen made the most 3-pointers in league history, sinking 2,973 long-range attempts, while Miller is second with 2,560, and Curry is third with 2,495. Curry should certainly pass Miller on that list this season and could move to No. 1 in the next two seasons.
What really separates Curry from these two guys, though, is that Allen and Miller are No. 1 and No. 2 in 3-point attempts. Curry, on the other hand, is No. 8 all-time in attempts. Additionally, Allen is No. 48 in NBA history in 3-point shooting percentage, while Miller is No. 61. Curry, however, is No. 6.
Allen shot 40% for his career, and Miller shot 39.4%, while Curry is shooting 43.47%. If that doesn’t prove that Curry is the greatest shooter ever, nothing ever will.
Sure, Obama and other fans claim that Curry is the greatest shooter ever just based on the eye test. The stats prove it, too, though.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference