Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum Equals Insane Steph Curry Shooting Record

Published 01/10/2021, 8:31 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Steph Curry is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. The pure shooting ability that Steph has is unmatched even today. Naturally, players have been trying to catch up to Steph with their shooting ability. Duncan Robinson has come out as one of the best catch-and-shoot shooters, and Trae Young has developed his game around Steph.

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However, the closest comparison Steph has had is with Damian Lillard. But Chef Curry may have a rival we haven’t thought about, and he is the one that fills out the Portland Trail Blazers back-court alongside Dame. That rival is C.J. McCollum. C.J. hit his 40th three this season against the Sacramento Kings.

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People matching up to Curry’s shooting record is quite insane. While we will see whether McCollum can maintain this shooting clip, to have hit threes on an average of more than 4 a game is still very impressive. Maybe C.J.’s name should be in the best shooters conversation from today’s game.

Steph Curry: Changing the game one shot at a time?

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Ever since Steph Curry broke through with his other-worldly shooting ability, the NBA game has changed. More players on the floor can stretch out to the line, creating more dynamic offences. This has also led to an increase in per-game scoring in the NBA.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter for a career-high 62 point game for Curry at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring has increased in the NBA by year since the 2011-12 season. The biggest contributor to this has been three-point shooting. Not only does it net you half a point more per shot than a two, but it also allows teams to play faster. The time it takes to develop a post-play versus a catch-and-shoot three is starkly different.

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All these changes in the NBA go back to what Steph did. We will see a lot more shooters come into the game, and Curry provided the blueprint for them. Considering the money shooters like Joe Harris and Davis Bertans got this summer, the blueprint is definitely lucrative.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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