Stephen Curry is now the All-Time leader in three-pointers made. A fact that changes everything along with nothing. He's going to annihilate Ray Allen's and Reggie Miller's records to smithereens but had already well and truly passed them in even the most 'old-headed' of minds.
His groundbreaking unanimity as the greatest shooter ever is unrecognizable in such a divisive and polarizing complex as the NBA community. It goes to show that when you revolutionize the game more than any other player in NBA history as the most creative mind and system all rolled into one, his greatness became impossible to dispute.
But to do it against the New York Knicks, who were just one pick short from snatching the scrawny baby-faced kid from Davidson who fell to number seven, and blossomed into the most feared offensive player without the ball being in his hands ever, was uncanny. But that's like everything about the Curry era. You could sit there and read all about his triumphs and falls on the biggest stages, but I'm sure you know all that.
You also know how impactful he is on the grand scale of the 2010's NBA from beginning to end. If a defender gives him a gap of light, it's a splash, but if they crowd him, Curry will easily break them down and drive. That's what people will be flooding the media channels with when trying to describe what makes him special. But it's so much more than that…
How many guys could team up with the biggest villain in basketball for at least the millennium (Yes, GSW KD was more hated than Heat LeBron), collect two easy rings, and still remain one of the most adored players ever? Is it just because no one player in league history resonates with fans more than Steph? I can't fathom dunking the ball like Jordan. Just like I couldn't imagine going toe-to-toe with an NBA player at the rim like Olajuwon, striding down the court like Giannis, passing over players like Magic - but shooting? Everyone can hit a three.
Standing at 6ft2, with a frame that makes him look even tinier, Curry plays a game made for giants like a video game turned on easy mode. More than shooting, he is a scorer and playmaker of all angles. A generation's prototype of the showtime that was intricately felt with Magic. He reminds me most of a prime Mike Tyson. Just in that when you watched him, it wasn't like anything you've ever seen before. The way he beat his opponent, the way the fans felt after watching him. Even at the time - you knew this was not going to come along again. Not like this.
But it's not just his style like it's not just his pre-game shots, ingenuity, all-time level ball hand handling skills, I.Q, flair, or humility. It was everything. Other than Udonis Haslem who's closer to being a Miami Heat tour guide than a player, no one has spent longer time with their drafted team than Steph. Not far down that list are Klay and Draymond. That's the Steph impact.
In year 13, he is on track to win his third MVP, tying Wilt Chamberlian for the largest gap between wins (six years). Curry, 34, would also tie Karl Malone ('99) and Michael Jordan ('98) for the third-oldest player to win MVP. But more impressive than that is this '22 team made up of a preemptively judged bust, some journeyman undraftables, a pool of very high draft picks, and a yet to debut running mate; they are currently first in the league standings. Again, that's the Steph impact.
Passing Ray Allen was only a stepping stone for what Steph's accomplished but also for what he has got left in store. How much is left in store? Well, if he puts up 236 three for the next five seasons, that would give him, hold your breath… 1,180 threes, 12 more than the 4k mark. Ray Allen reached 2973 trays in 18 seasons for context.
We know shooters age well, and although I've seen it a million times, those crafty threes never fail to amaze me. I really don't think that will change in the few great years he hopefully has left.