Ray Allen is, quite rightly, regarded as one of the best shooters to ever play in the NBA.
Nowadays, when someone thinks of the three-point shot, they probably think of Stephen Curry. But before the Golden State Warriors guard, Allen was the bar.
The former two-time NBA champion - once as part of the big three in Boston with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and once with the Miami Heat - is still the all-time leading three-point scorer in the NBA with 2,973.
That's some 413 ahead of his next rival, Reggie Miller. However, Curry is already 19th on that list, despite only turning 28 last month. If he goes on to play for as long as Allen did, that's another decade on the hardwood to break the record.
Allen recently spoke to SLAM and was asked about his thoughts on where Curry places in the best shooters in history at this stage in his career. Allen's answer was both humble and extremely valid.
"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."
Allen also noted how Curry's game is hybrid of the two guard spots, and that's part of what makes the reigning MVP so hard to figure out.
"We’re shooters," Allen said. 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 two guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard."
Speaking as a specialist, Allen also opined that the Splash Bros, Curry and Klay Thompson, are at the front of a new era of perimeter kings, and he's happy to blazed the trail for the record-setting duo.
"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."
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