Ray Allen on Steph Curry's 3-point skills: He's 'in a category of his own'

In his 18-year NBA career (which he still hasn't officially ended), Ray Allen made the most threes in NBA history (2,973) while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Whenever Allen rose up for a shot from beyond the arc, it was basically an automatic three points. The same can be said about Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who set the league record this season -- breaking his own record from a year ago -- for most made 3-pointers with 402 makes. 

Curry is virtually automatic from anywhere on the court, even from near halfcourt. And with such impressive displays of shooting, Curry has quickly emerged as one of the best shooters in NBA history. Some are even calling Curry the best of the best and Allen is among that group.

From SLAM's Abe Schwadron's interview with Allen:

SLAM: Where do you rank Stephen Curry in terms of the greatest shooters in the history of the League? A lot of fans might argue that you hold that title.

RA: Based on what he’s done, I think he has to be—he’s on his way to being the best ever. It’s always arguable, based on who’s telling the story. One thing I always tell people is, it’s hard to compare generations. Everybody has something or somebody that makes him feel special about the game, or the way they saw and the way they appreciate the game. I’ve sat back and watched a lot, and listened to a lot of people talk. He’s creating a lane all of his own. People comparing him to me, to Reggie [Miller]. But I think Steph is in a category of his own. Just being able to have great handles the way he has with the ball, to be able to score at will by getting to the basket. Myself, Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson—we play a different game. We’re shooters. We come off screens, pindowns—Steph can do that, but he’s creating a different lane. Point guards haven’t been able to do what he’s been able to do, because he’s mixing that 2 guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard. When I broke the three-point record, they (Steph and Klay) watched that and it became something they said in their mind, this is what I want to do. Now, there are kids watching him, saying I want to work on these things, I want to be just like Steph.

Allen putting Curry into a "category of his own" is a sign of great respect for the Warriors guard. But how can you disagree with Allen? Curry is doing things no other player has ever done before, like coming down the court and hitting transition 3s from well behind the arc or draining 400 3s in a season.

Curry is in a category of his own all right and it's great to hear Allen show respect for the Warriors guard, instead of downplaying his greatness like other former players have done in the past. 

Ray Allen has a lot of respect for Steph Curry.
Ray Allen has a lot of respect for Steph Curry. (USATSI)

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