Stephen Curry annihilated many records this year. He logged 402 made 3-pointers, which is 116 more than the previous record -- which was set by him last season. The Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games and did so with the highest effective field-goal percentage in history.
On top of all that, Curry finished as the NBA's scoring leader with 30.1 points per game. (James Harden finished with one more total points on the season, but the NBA recognizes points per game with a minimum of games played, which Curry surpassed). In doing so, Curry became the first player in NBA history to average 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
The "180 club," as it's called, has always been a rare group, made of the best shooters in league history. No one has ever led the league in scoring with those marks, however. Larry Bird finished third in 1988, and Kevin Durant finished second in 2013. But no one has ever reached the mark as scoring leader, until now.
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That's just straight up, flat-out, ridiculous.
Curry broke many records this season, but for basketball purists, this might be his greatest accomplishment. He reached a hallowed mark only achieved by the select greatest shooters in the game, and did so with an incredible usage. He redefined the marks for efficiency, and coupled it with unparalleled success in terms of wins.
There will always be those that protect the past, and we should not seek to diminish those great players that came before as we seek to exalt Curry. Instead, we should simply recognize that under the context of when he played, in the modern 3-point era with hand-check rules, we've never seen a player like Stephen Curry. He staked his place on the list of the all-time NBA greats, no matter where you decide he should land.
We've never seen anything like Steph.