When will Stephen Curry pass Ray Allen for most made 3-pointers in NBA history?

Written By Yash Matange
Stephen Curry and Ray Allen
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Prior to the 2021-22 season, the NBA's historic 75th season, Stephen Curry was hot on the heels of Hall of Famer Ray Allen to become the all-time leader for most 3-pointers made. 

Entering the season, Curry needed 142 3-pointers needed to surpass Allen, and 20 games into the season, he's knocked off 114 of the latter's lead. 

It's still early but Curry is averaging a career-high 5.4 makes per game, which beats his previous career-high of 5.3 that he set last year in 63 games. During the 2015-16 season in which he set the all-time single-season record with 402 en route to winning his second straight MVP award, Curry averaged 5.1 makes in 79 games. 

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Top 10 players on the all-time leader for most made 3-pointers

Curry is one of three active players in the Top 10 with James Harden and Damian Lillard being the other two players. 

  Player 3-pointers
1. Ray Allen 2,973
2. Stephen Curry 2,937
3. Reggie Miller 2,560
4. James Harden 2,502
5. Kyle Korver 2,450
6. Vince Carter 2,290
7. Jason Terry 2,282
8. Jamal Crawford 2,221
9. Paul Pierce 2,143
10. Damian Lillard 2,106

LeBron James, who ranks 11th, could break into the Top 10 and increase the list to four active players later this season. 

When will Stephen Curry surpass Ray Allen? 

Curry has hit 58 of the 114 3-pointers in just seven of the 21 games. Those performances include a red-hot shooting game against the LA Clippers, where he erupted for 45 points that started with a perfect 25-point first quarter and an overall 8-of-13 efficiency from beyond the arc and a 50-piece against the Atlanta Hawks to name the biggest two. 

As of Dec. 3, the baby-faced assassin,  who is considered to be the greatest 3-pointer shooter in NBA history, needs 28 more 3-pointers to overtake Allen. 

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Going by his season average of 5.4 3-pointers per game, Curry would take anywhere around five games to jump to the No. 1 spot on the all-time charts. 

That many games mean Curry could make NBA history in mid-December, provided of course that he misses no games moving forward. 

Warriors upcoming 2021-22 schedule

With that projection, Curry would likely make NBA history on the road as Golden State would be on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in mid-December. 

Five games ahead on the Warriors schedule will see the team in Indiana, the birthplace of basketball. Six games ahead will see the Warriors at the iconic Madison Square Garden playing the Knicks. 

In case, Curry takes a couple more games to surpass Allen, he has a couple of more iconic locations awaiting him in Boston - home of one of the oldest franchises which is tied for the most champions in NBA history - and Toronto - the capital of the birth country of James Naismith, the sport's inventor.

Warriors upcoming schedule
Date Opponent Time (ET)
Dec. 4 vs. Spurs 8:30 pm
Dec. 6 vs. Magic 10:00 pm
Dec. 8 vs. Trail Blazers 10:00 pm
Dec. 11 at 76ers 8:30 pm
Dec. 13 at Pacers 7:00 pm
Dec. 14 at Knicks 7:30 pm
Dec. 17 at Celtics 7:30 pm
Dec. 18 at Raptors 7:30 pm

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