Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is closing in on Ray Allen’s historic 3-point record. However, as early as now, Jalen Rose is already thinking of “the guy” who can beat his mark.
Prior to the Warriors’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, the NBA analyst crew at ESPN discussed Curry’s chase of the incredible feat. Rose admitted it might be nearly impossible for anyone to break Steph’s record, but if there’s anyone who can be a threat to him, it’s Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young.
“He [Curry] may get 4000 made threes. 4000! That’s like putting a high score up on a video game that nobody’s going to take down. It’s almost like Stockton’s assist record. But I thought this when the Big O had the triple-double record, and then Russell Westbrook came along,” Rose explained.
“And I would say Stephen is gonna put up the score that nobody’s gonna take down. But if somebody is, Trae Young is gonna be the guy. Because he’s 23, he’s played like four years, he shoots with unlimited range, he’s already a guy averaging 25 and double digit assists for what it’s worth.”
While some might find it ridiculous to say that Trae Young has a chance to surpass Stephen Curry’s record, it’s actually not that far-fetched. The Hawks star is averaging almost the same number of made 3-pointers as the Warriors sharpshooter in the first four years of his career, and if Young continues to produce the same, he could very well crack the Top 3.
Not to mention that Young has the benefit of playing in the modern NBA where 3-point shooting is given a premium. That was not the case when Curry started in the NBA, and so having that greenlight to shoot whenever he wants could work to Young’s advantage.
But of course, it will take a ton of work and longevity for Young to even get close to Curry’s level. And even if he’s able to surpass the mark, there is no doubt the Warriors superstar will always be considered the GOAT shooter.
Curry is now just 10 3-pointers away to breaking Ray Allen’s record of 2973 triples. He entered Wednesday’s game with 2958, and the Dubs star sank six of his 12 attempts in the game.
The Warriors have a game scheduled against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday and the Indiana Pacers on Monday. With his current pace, Curry should be able to finally claim the 3-point throne when they visit the Pacers.
When that day arrives, the whole Warriors nation will surely be celebrating.
"If somebody is, Trae Young’s going to be the guy."
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 9, 2021