Now that he’s making a mockery of NBA records, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has us wondering how he’d fare in the rest of the major sports.
Granted, we don’t think Curry would be much of a baseball player; a Jordan-esque sojourn to the minor leagues probably isn’t in the cards. And he would certainly be out of his element on the gridiron. Yet you don’t really get a sense of just how amazing the reigning MVP is until you line up his current pace with some of sports’ most impressive records.
Curry is on pace to break the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a season by an astonishing 40 percent. That’s the equivalent of hitting 102 HRs over the course of an MLB season, or throwing 77 TD passes as an NFL QB (via FiveThirtyEight):
Such a comparison leaves a whole lot out of the equation, of course. Baseball and football are more static contests, where a team can choose to pitch around an intimidating batter or install a dime package for an otherworldly quarterback.
Basketball teams, on the other hand, aren’t going to start fouling Curry every time he touches the ball or pushing their defense all the way to halfcourt. There’s too much chaos as teams switch end-to-end, with the ball constantly in play other than the occasional dead-ball whistle. There’s no time to discuss defensive plans that go completely outside conventional wisdom.
But maybe they should. These numbers, albeit silly, indicate just how rapidly Curry is revolutionizing the NBA. Short of something drastic, such as Mark Cuban’s proposal to move the 3-point line back, basketball 10 years from now may very well look nothing like the game we know today. And it’s all because of Curry.
For now, this is probably the closest we’ll get to seeing the NBA’s best player anywhere close to another field of competition: