Interesting stat: Larry Bird made 649 3-pointers in his entire career, Steph Curry made 688 threes in just 2015 and 2016 alone
Bird has been quoted talking about Curry saying,
“For deep range, I don’t know if there’s anybody better. What a weapon a shooter like Curry is that with the green light (from his coach) missing one or two means nothing to him. He just goes back deeper. He can make you look bad in a hurry. This kid’s got to go down in history as one of the greatest shooters who ever played our game.”
For most anyone in the NBA, a half court pull-up three is a terrible shot, but for Steph it’s within his range. It’s amazing how time changes the game of basketball, we are witnessing history here.
Edit: It’s obvious these two guys played in very different eras of basketball, but I think more than anything this statistic emphasizes how much the 3-point shot has evolved over time. The fact that players today attempt so many threes has changed everything about the game from offense to defense. Steph has changed the way teams approach their shooting, and we’ve seen a huge increase in attempted threes in the past decade or so.
Edit again: people didn’t like my Skyfucker hyperbole
[–]KnicksBrexitisfun67 758 指標 13小時前
I do find it interesting my dad used to tell me when I was young Larry Bird was the greatest shooter he’s ever seen, to now when you have A player like Curry who matched most NBA players in the 80s 3PM in two seasons. Like what will we be telling our kids will there ever be a better shooter than Steph making 800 3s in the span of two seasons lol
[–]Celticsjaylen_browns_beard 796 指標 13小時前
In all fairness, Larry was a phenomenal mid range shooter and that was how he dominated
[–]CelticsEG14000000 382 指標 13小時前
Did a lot of work in the paint too. Post ups, Putbacks, crafty finishes, etc
[–]TimberwolvesMillionmario 165 指標 11小時前
My dad is 6'6 and he would show me those moves in the driveway - good times :)
[–]edwardsamson 79 指標 10小時前
I think you can just use "did a lot of work" to describe pretty much everything about Larry. Dude put in a lot work in all aspects of the game both in actual games and in practice/training and even in his real life. Its the farmer boy in him.
[–][NYK] Patrick Ewingkill3r7 103 指標 12小時前
The 1986-1987 Celtics - 405 3PA converted 124 3P.
The 2017-2018 Warriors - 2392 3PA converted 853 3P.
It's just a different game today.
[–]RaptorsABJZ 117 指標 13小時前
there was a big change in larry's time, because the 3 point line was still relatively new, and players from decades ago didn't spend their whole lives honing their ability from that range. Steph can't be surpassed as a shooter I don't think.
I feel like he can only be realistically matched, unless basketball goes through a radical change like they did with the 3 point line. If the line gets moved back, or if we get a 4 point line (please don't) then someone will probably pass steph, but otherwise probably not.
[–]Celticscabose12 167 指標 12小時前
The 3 point line is introduced in 1979
Curry had 501 3pa this year. For 6 seasons, from 1979 to 1985, no team had more than that. In the 86-87 season, only four teams had more 3 point attempts than Curry alone.
It really is a change in the era, the same way we don't see 30 rebound games anymore
[–]RaptorsABJZ 279 指標 13小時前
you've got to put that in perspective though. "adjust for inflation" so to speak.
[–]HornetsClaudeLemieux 381 指標 13小時前
1$ in 1985 (roughly midpoint of Birds career) is 2.33 today. So Bird's 2018 3pter haul is actually 1512.
[–][CHA] Malik MonkBizGilwalker 76 指標 12小時前
Even that would only rank 29th all time lol. Klay Thompson already has more than that and he's been in the league seven years.
[–][MIA] Eddie Jonesusgojoox 191 指標 11小時前
In 1985 there were ~2.8 3 point attempts per game. Per team.
In 2018 there were 29 3 point attempts per game.
That's the real inflation.
[–]76ersWinesburgOhio 130 指標 12小時前*
Larry Bird never saw a 3-pt line before being a rookie in the NBA, and he shot .406 from deep that year (58-for-143) while the league was total garbage at them, plus was the winner of the 1st three 3-pt contests (the only ones he participated in before his massive 1989 injury, after which he lost 1).
Put him in the modern era, and he'd be only slightly behind Curry with his totals. I'll point out that Bird has as many seasons top-10 in the league in 3% as Curry (7) which is crazy considering he was a big man, his career was short by modern standards, and Curry was raised by a top-notch 3-pt shooter.
EDIT: Curry is now 30 and has not been top-10 3% the last two seasons, so although it's likely he'll end up with more than 7 top-10 3% finishes in his career, it is by no means a foregone conclusion.
EDIT 2: Ray Allen was top-10 4x. Reggie Miller was top-10 5x. Klay Thompson was top-10 5x. Steve Kerr was top-10 6x. Kyle Korver was top-10 8x.
[–]Celticscatpooptv 151 指標 12小時前
Larry Bird would have been amazing in this era of 3-point shooting.
[–][SAS] Boris Diawfquizon 89 指標 11小時前
Prime Dirk shooting + better passer + mean streak
[–][POR] C.J. McCollumSvenSven07 55 指標 12小時前
This, Larry as a stretch 4 would be awesome. Although it means no Bird / Magic rivalry :(
[–]RaptorsZeppelanoid 69 指標 11小時前
Using Larry Legend as a stretch 4 would be a massive waste of his talent. You want to run your offense through Larry, given his passing ability.
[–]reaganbill 195 指標 13小時前*
Comparing stats across generations is useless.
For example, if Stephen Curry was born when Larry Bird was born, he wouldn’t have grown up shooting as many threes, his coaches wouldn’t have allowed him to shoot so many threes, he wouldn’t of been drafted number 7, and he might not have been a starter until year 3 or 4 (like Steve Nash).
On the other hand, if Larry Bird was born when Curry was born, he would’ve had Curry to look up to growing up, he would’ve had Steve Nash to look up to growing up, he would’ve been able to look up to Dirk...therefore, Bird would’ve been shooting a crap load more threes growing up, practicing more half-court shots, and there is no telling how good that Larry Bird would have become.
Same thing with LeBron and Jordan. If you flip their time periods, there’s no telling what would’ve happened. They might’ve made LeBron play power forward.
Who knows who Kobe would’ve emulated without MJ to look up to.
[–]RaptorsFreshprince45 59 指標 12小時前
But I think the counter-argument is that basketball gets better over time because of historical developments in training, strategy, technique, equpiment, among other things. Relative to their era, Larry might have stood out, but in absolute terms Steph is a much better shooter. Larry might have been a better shooter in 2018, but we'll never know, so I feel that its appropriate to call Steph the best shooter ever. And in 20 years if we have a better shooter than Steph, we should accept that as well.