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Stephen Curry and the race to 2,974 successful threes

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Stephen Curry scored 402 threes last season. 

It still seems ridiculous to think that the Golden State Warriors man became the first player in the league's history to make that volume of baskets from behind the arc. Beating his own previous record of 286.

There were times when all of the franchises combined would not take as many threes as Curry did last season. Heck, the three-point line didn't even exist until 1979.

A number of fantastic shooters have come and gone in the NBA. Larry Bird was ahead of his time, and his three-point shooting is thoroughly underrated, but the general consensus is that Curry is the best ever. 

The back-to-back MVP took a significant jump up the all-time three-point standings during the previous campaign as his total went from 1,191 to 1,593. Taking him from around 50th to 19th.

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Ray Allen's all-time record of 2,973 threes is still a long way off but the former Boston Celtics and Miami Heat man is well aware of Curry's pace and has even been interested in coming out of retirement to extend his lead. 

But it's not as easy as saying Curry will chase down Allen's lead within the next four seasons (if he continues at his current pace) as there are variables that have to be taken into account. 

ROTATION

Many people will point to the addition of Kevin Durant and say that the point guard can expect to see less time on the ball, or even less time on the court. 

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However, the Warriors' bench does not possess the depth of less season and it would come as a surprise to see him play fewer minutes considering he sat out a number of fourth quarters during Golden State's 73-9 campaign.

He averaged 34.2 minutes last season and that should be par for the course this time around. If he's fit, expect around 80 games to also be the norm.

FITNESS

After an injury-hit playoff campaign, the question marks over his fitness are back. 

Curry's early days in the NBA were mired by injuries to his ankles and there was a time when it felt like he would never fully develop into the player he could've been.

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Of course, it's too early to suggest his problems are back, but any further issues could seriously hinder his climb up the ladder. 

SUSTAINABILITY

402 is a lot. If he gets to the same mark again next season then he really is a superhuman shooting machine. Nobody would mock Curry for falling short of his current record standard. 

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Has he peaked? Will he get better? These are all variables that have to be considered. 

There is a distinct chance he will pass Jason Terry in fifth this season, although Kyle Korver, Jamal Crawford or Vince Carter may keep him out for another year. 

But Curry's race to the top will be a race as much against his own body and situation as it will else. 

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