Stephen Curry is near changing into the NBA’s all-time chief in 3-pointers made.
Like, actually shut.
Heading into Golden State’s matchup with Philadelphia on Saturday, the Warriors star sits 9 3-pointers away from tying Ray Allen on the leaderboard and 10 from passing him. It’s not a matter of if, however when Curry turns into the all-time chief, and it will solely strengthen his case as the best shooter in NBA historical past when he pushes Allen right down to No. 2.
Ahead of Curry including one other record to his resume, Lakers star LeBron James, who has had his justifiable share of battles in opposition to the two-time MVP through the years, spoke about his greatness, saying he is been “phenomenal” his total profession and calling him a “once-in-a-lifetime” talent.
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“First of all, the fact that the other night, when they played, we were really tracking to see if he could make 16 3s — it just lets you know how freaking amazing he is,” James said. “If there’s one guy in NBA history who can make 16 3s, it’s Steph Curry. I’m literally sitting there doing the calculations in my head. I’m like, ’16. OK, I know he’s made 12 a few times. Well, if there’s someone that can do it, it’ll be him.’ That just lets you know how incredible he is.
“Secondly, the one factor that stands proud in my thoughts … is actually that shot he made right here [in Oklahoma City]. He pulled up from 38, 39, 40 ft and drained that factor. And clearly, we had so many nice battles. He hit so many big-time pictures and buckets in opposition to us. Obviously, he is been phenomenal his entire profession. More importantly, only a nice dude.
“I wish I could be there to congratulate him. … I’ll be one of the guys in our league that will congratulate him socially. … Listen, I know Ray. I know the work that he put into it. And if there’s one guy he has to let pass his record, it being Steph, I know Ray is definitely grateful that it would be such a guy like that. Pretty cool accomplishment.
“You cannot even jinx it, trigger it is gonna occur. It might not occur tomorrow. … But it is gonna occur. We’re all witnesses to what Steph Curry has completed in his profession and the way in which that he is modified the sport. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime basketball participant.”
Curry enters Saturday’s contest averaging 27.5 points per game on the season. He’s knocking down a career-best 5.5 3-pointers per game at a 41.3 percent clip.
Following their assembly with the 76ers, the Warriors will face the Pacers in Indiana on Monday. According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Warriors are “weighing an evening of relaxation” for Curry in Indiana. If he does take the evening off, Curry may break Allen’s record at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday — a sport that will likely be televised on TNT within the United States — if he does not do it in opposition to the 76ers on Saturday.