The game of basketball over the last few years turned into a three-point shooting league. More and more players extended their game out to the perimeter. Now you see centers and power forwards shooting from long-range. NBA star Stephen Curry helped start the trend of shooting from long distance.
The way he can pull up from anywhere on the court speaks volumes to his unlimited range. He quickly emerged as one of the best three-point shooters in the history of the league. But before Curry made his way to the league, there was another sniper from beyond the arc. Some people know him as Jesus Shuttlesworth, but the NBA world knows him as Ray Allen. Two of the best shooters in the game without question, who’s the better shooter?
Stephen Curry’s shooting career
Currently, in his 11th season in the league, Curry broke numerous shooting records throughout his career as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Take a look at these records:
- NBA regular-season record for made three-pointers (402)
- NBA record for most three-pointers made in a single playoffs (98 – tied with Klay Thompson)
- NBA Finals record for most three-pointers made in a game (9)
- NBA record for most consecutive regular-season games with a made three-pointer (157)
- NBA record for most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer (90)
- NBA record for most points scored in an overtime period (17)
Just looking at these records that Curry set is unbelievable. Here you have a guy who scouts thought that he couldn’t make it in the league because he was too small, and he ended up proving everyone wrong. He’s not done yet; the game probably never saw someone shoot the ball as Curry has shot before. It’s almost effortless with him.
It’s not easy defending him because he can pull up from anywhere, even with a hand in his face, and he can dribble past you and get to the rim. When his career is over, he will be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
Ray Allen’s shooting career
Ray Allen currently holds the record for most three-pointers made in a career with 2,973. Curry currently sits third with 2,495, and he will likely pass Allen when his career is over. But Allen made some big shots in his career. Allen played in the league for 18 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
A two-time NBA champion, he finished his career shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Allen was a catch and shoot guy, and his release was so quick that defenders didn’t even have enough time to contest the shot. Earlier in his career, Allen was known for driving to the lane and finishing as well as shooting the long ball.
Who is the better three-point shooter?
Looking at both players, you would want both of them on your team. They don’t make the decision any more comfortable with the numbers they put up. With Curry still playing, who knows what other records he can break.
With Curry’s ability to shoot from anywhere, he would be the one to go with. And he’s not just a catch and shoot guy. He can shoot off the dribble or pull up right in your face. Both players have impacted the game a lot and can easily go down as the two best three-point shooters to ever play the game.