Find a calendar. It can be digital, old-school paper, have pictures of different kittens each month, whatever. Now find the Golden State Warriors’ schedule for the rest of the season. Every night they play, circle that date on your calendar, and don’t miss another game. Because every time Stephen Curry takes the floor, there’s a chance that he’ll make history.
Now, in a vacuum, that’s not necessarily a huge deal; it’s what we’ve come to expect from Curry.
Then you line up that milestone with the rest of these incredible stats and figures from the reigning MVP’s absolutely insane season, and the full weight of what Curry is doing hits you square in the face. He truly is revolutionizing the game, as evidenced by these 10 mindblowing facts:
1. He’s having more big games this year than in the rest of his career combined
Stephen Curry has 40+ in back-to-back games for the second time in his career. It's his 10th 40-point game this season (19th career)
Curry attempted 27 total shots from the field and scored 50 points off of those attempts. Let that sink in. It’d be like making 25 dunks and having two blocked or missing two hook shots at the rim. Not even Shaquille O’Neal could dream of that kind of dominance. And speaking of which …
3. Curry’s deepest 3s are literally more valuable than dunks
More crazy Curry stats. From 28 feet to 50 feet, he's 35-of-52 this season. Better efficiency than making 100% of your 2s
Here’s how that math works: If Curry’s made 35 3s out of those 52 shots, that means he’s scored 105 points (35 * 3). If, instead, you were to dunk the ball all 52 times and make it each time, you’d only score 104 points.
According to Basketball-Reference, there have been 17 total games (regular season and playoffs) since 1983-84 in which a player has scored at least 50 points in 36 minutes or fewer. Curry has three of those games. All have come his season.
5. Curry today = LeBron and D-Wade in their athletic primes
Stephen Curry is the first player with three 50-point games in a single season since LeBron James & Dwyane Wade both had three in 2008-09
Jesus Shuttlesworth, that is, aka Mr. Ray Allen, aka one of the best shooters of all-time. Sure, Allen didn’t launch a ton of triples, but that’s kind of the point: Curry is a volume shooter from deep in every sense of the word, and he still knocks them down at a ridiculous rate.
8. Another record coming down the pipe for the MVP
Stephen Curry (four) passed J.R. Smith (three) for most games with double-digit three-pointers in NBA history
J.R. Smith played in 814 career games to set his mark for double-digit 3-point games. Curry passed him before he hit No. 500. At this rate, if we figure Curry can play at least 1,200 games career games, he’d finish with 10 games of 10 or more triples.
As of today, it’s happened 27 times total in NBA history.
9. The only person who can beat Curry is Curry
Stephen Curry just passed himself for #2 all-time in made threes in a season.