Stephen Curry and the Most Three-Pointers in a Season

Stephen Curry After Setting the Single-Season Record for Three-Pointers Made

Stephen Curry After Setting the Single-Season Record for Three-Pointers Made

Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen‘s single-season record for three-pointers in 2012-13, by three.

Curry, Allen, Dennis Scott and George McCloud are the only NBAers who drained 250 treys or more over one campaign. Scott and McCloud made their marks in the same season, 1995-96.

The three-pointer pre-dates both the ABA and NBA, but the ABA was the first long-standing pro league to adopt it (1967-68). The NBA picked it up more than a decade later, in 1979-80.

Here are the top 20 players with the most three-pointers in a season. Mookie Blaylock and Mitch Richmond also make the list from 1995-96. What was it with that season?

Actually, what was it with three seasons: 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97?

The three-point line was originally 23 feet, 9 inches from the basket. To increase scoring the NBA shortened the distance to just 22 feet during those three seasons. Since 1997-98, the arc has been set back to its original distance. So that explains some of the skewed data.

What isn’t skewed is the three-point explosion of the new century. Thirteen of the top 20 made their marks post 2000-01. The three-pointer has become an important and legitimate weapon – critical components of many teams’ offenses, including the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

There is a parallel with what is going on in the NFL today, and that league’s passing explosion. Fans want offense. They want points. New penalty and foul rules the NFL and NBA have instituted over the past decade to protect players lend themselves to opening the field or floor for the offensive player. There is more “hands off” from the defense than ever before in both sports.

PLAYER 3P  GP 3P% SEASON TEAM
1.  Stephen Curry 272  78 45.3 2012-13  Golden State Warriors
2.  Ray Allen 269  78 41.2 2005-06  Seattle SuperSonics
3.  Dennis Scott 267  83 42.5 1995-96  Orlando Magic
4.  George McCloud 257  79 37.9 1995-96  Dallas Mavericks
5.  Jason Richardson 243  82 40.6 2007-08  Charlotte Bobcats
6.  Peja Stojakovic 240  81 43.3 2003-04  Sacramento Kings
7.  Peja Stojakovic 231  77 44.1 2007-08  New Orleans Hornets
7. Mookie Blaylock 231  81 37.1 1995-96  Atlanta Hawks
9.  Ray Allen 229  69 43.4 2001-02  Milwaukee Bucks
9. Reggie Miller 229  81 42.7 1996-97  Indiana Pacers
11.  Rashard Lewis 226  81 40.9 2007-08  Orlando Magic
11. Kyle Korver 226  82 40.5 2004-05  Philadelphia 76ers
11. Quentin Richardson 226  79 35.8 2004-05  Phoenix Suns
14.  Mitch Richmond 225  81 43.7 1995-96  Sacramento Kings
14. Damon Jones 225  82 43.2 2004-05  Miami Heat
16.  Antoine Walker 222  81 34.4 2001-02  Boston Celtics
17.  Mookie Blaylock 221  78 36.6 1996-97  Atlanta Hawks
17. Antoine Walker 221  81 36.7 2000-01  Boston Celtics
19.  Rashard Lewis 220  79 39.7 2008-09  Orlando Magic
20.  John Starks 217  80 35.5 1994-95  New York Knicks

Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images via sports.yahoo.com

Posted on September 13, 2013, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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