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Steph Curry has more threes in two seasons than Jordan had in entire career

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Stephen Curry's rise to the pinnacle of the NBA over the past couple of season has, inevitably, seen comparisons drawn with the consensus G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan.

Like MJ, the Golden State Warriors star has become the face of the league on the back of incredible individual performances -  setting new standards while playing on a team destined for the record books.

In contrast to Jordan, however, Curry's weapon of choice has, more often than not, been his three-point shot. In fact, the reigning MVP's penchant for the three has thrown up a fairly incredible stat when comparing his and MJ's stats from beyond the arc.

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As reported by ESPN's NBA insider Tom Haberstroh, Curry has now made more three-point shots over the past two seasons (2014-15 and the current 2015-16 campaign) than Jordan managed in his entire NBA career.

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Having added three more long-distance shots in the Warriors' 115-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, the Dubs star has already extended the gap since Haberstroh sent out the tweet.

Different times

Of course, when Jordan was dominating the league in the 1990s, the NBA was a very different place. The three-point shot was nowhere near as prevalent and Jordan thrived when attacking the rim rather than hanging back behind the arc.

Michael Jordan

For instance, Jordan took 1,778 three point shots in his entire career. Curry has already taken 3,336 in his six years in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls legend retired a 32.7-percent three-point shooter - not a bad number compared to most players.

Curry, though, isn't most players. As things stand, the GSW star is 44.4-percent in his career.

The fact he has taken less than two full seasons to surpass the greatest ever - who played in the league for 15 years - remains an impressive achievement. 

Chasing the G.O.A.T

Curry still has some way to go to reach the all-round level of Jordan, of course. Having led the league for over a decade in scoring on route to five NBA titles - simultaneously playing elite level defense - his status as the best ever to take to the hardwood is almost untouchable.

Perhaps, then, Haberstroh's three-point stat speaks more of how the league has changed in recent seasons.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest 2016

Curry and his immaculate three-point shooting have spearheaded a more general trend towards taking shots from further away from the basket. 

It hasn't always gone down well with some who argue it takes away from the fundamentals of the game. When Curry can point to over 590 successful threes in two seasons, however, it becomes pretty tough to argue against it.

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