Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry made history on December 14th when he broke the all-time record for most career three-pointers. He has since been adding to his record-breaking tally as he continues to establish himself as the greatest shooter of all time.
Lurking behind all the glory of Curry's iconic milestone, however, is the fact that the Warriors point guard is currently in the midst of an unprecedented slump. As a matter of fact, Steph is actually shooting the ball at an alarmingly inefficient rate — literally the worst he has been throughout his career.
The folks over on Reddit (h/t u/volken330) recently uncovered a shocking stat that proves this notion. Apparently, during the entire month of December, Curry shot just 40.4% from the field, which represents the worst shooting month of his entire 13-year career. Moreover, he shot just 37.4 percent from distance in December, which also happens to be his worst shooting clip in the past four years (and the fourth-worst month in his career).
The all-time record appears to have somewhat taken its toll on Curry. There were certain stretches during the month that it just felt like he was chasing it. In the eight games he played in December before breaking the record (including the night when he finally achieved the feat against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden), the Warriors star shot 35.0 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from long distance.
Once Curry got the record out of the way, there was a significant improvement in his efficiency. In the last five games, Steph has been shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three-point territory. For what it's worth, the Warriors went 5-3 in December before Curry broke the record, and they have since gone 4-1 after that momentous evening.
At the end of the day, one could argue that we're nitpicking here. The Warriors haven't exactly been struggling of late as they still hold the best record in the entire NBA. The Phoenix Suns did gain some ground on them in December, though, and there's also the fact that numbers don't lie. And Curry's numbers in December — at least from an efficiency perspective — were pretty bad.