Stats Show How Steph Curry is Miles Ahead of LeBron James, Damian Lillard, and Others in Long Distance Shooting

Published 10/25/2021, 10:54 PM EDT
October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


In the greatest of all time conversations, one normally discusses LeBron James and Michael Jordan. However, when it comes down to three-point shooting, Warriors’ Steph Curry is a clear GOAT and no one can challenge that with logic. His extraterrestrial numbers speak for themselves.

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Many believed that the Baby Faced Assassin’s peak shooting season went away with the GSW’s last title win. But the Chef proved everyone wrong with his resurgence in 2020-21. And now, he has an elusive record to his name.

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Steph Curry and his long-range supremacy

In the 2019-20 season (when Steph was out with injury), Blazers’ Damian Lillard made 54 three-pointers from 30+ feet’s distance. That was mind-boggling in itself. However, his rival, Curry, has far better overall numbers to show off.

Ever since 2015-16, the 3x NBA Champion has attempted 215 threes from 30+ feet range. In those many attempts, he has made 87 successful conversions (40.5%). This means he is ahead of Lillard, Trae Young, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, and James Harden in this record.

Now, one can wonder whether it is logo Lillard or logo Curry. However, the Big Game Dame has the closest shot at breaking this record if he continues to drop long-range uncontested daggers.

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Which were the Warriors great’s top shooting seasons?

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The 2015-16 season certainly pushed Curry as one of the greatest shooters of all time. He made a career-best (until then) 5.1 threes at 45.4% efficiency and never looked back. In the 2016-17 season, he dropped a whopping total of 324 threes. That’s when many believed that he would never better his own record.

However, in 2020-21, the comeback year for the unguardable PG, he dropped 337 threes and broke several personal records. If anything his performance in April 2021 was a testament to his untouchable greatness.

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With all of that in perspective, do you see anyone ever claiming the three-point throne of Chef Curry? Help us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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