Before the season, the belief that Kevin Durant was the best player in the NBA seemed closer to fact than opinion. The basketball world last saw Durant play practically the entire Game 7 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, willing his team to compete for a chance to go to the Conference Finals despite playing alongside a hobbled James Harden and without Kyrie Irving. Still, KD and the Nets lost the game despite his Herculean efforts, but basketball media quickly proclaimed him the new top dog in the NBA.
Fast forward to a few months later, and it's no longer Kevin Durant that is viewed as the league's best player. Now, a player much more familiar with this conversation is back at the top - Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Steph has led the Warriors to an impressive start, going 18-2 through their first twenty games despite missing Klay Thompson and James Wiseman. Steph also surpassed Ray Allen as the all-time leader in three-point field goals made, a record we expect him to hold on to for quite some time. Curry has been simply phenomenal this season, already notching several games with nine threes or more. Steph is using his unreal sniping prowess to confuse defenses and make the game easier for his teammates while breaking records left and right in what has been a historic first month of basketball for the former MVP.
Curry had to best some stiff competition to break this most recent record, beating two previous seasons of his in terms of the number of games played before reaching a hundred made three-pointers. What is even more remarkable this year is that he is doing all of this without his two main running mates on offense, Klay Thompson and former teammate Kevin Durant. 2015-2016 was the year the Warriors finished the regular season with a 73-9 record, while 2018-19 was KD's last one with the Warriors. Both those teams were loaded with star talent, but Steph is flat out dominating the league with all eyes on him this time.
The one game that Curry missed was also against the Detroit Pistons, one of the worst defensive teams in the league and an opponent that Steph would have easily been able to light up for the game. With a stellar performance against the Pistons, Steph could have hit the 100-mark in even fewer games than the record he just set.
It is ridiculous to think that Curry is averaging 5.2 made three-pointers a game despite all the defensive attention being on him. With Klay hopefully healthy for the rest of this year and the beginning of next season, I have no doubts that Steph Curry will just beat Steph Curry again for this rather random but impressive accomplishment.