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Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry Has Proved He Is League's Best Shooter

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 21:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena on January 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Joshua J VannucciniSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 23, 2013

Since setting foot in the league, Stephen Curry has made a name for himself as a shooter. While many expected this to be his speciality, he has dominated when it comes to launching from the perimeter. It has reached the stage where Curry is essentially on pace to break NBA records. 

This season, the 6'3" guard is averaging 20.7 points and 6.6 assists on 43.7 percent from the floor, an insane 46.4 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line. It is fairly uncommon for a player to shoot better from deep than overall, but it has raised Curry's in-between accuracy. 

Currently, he is converting on just 41.8 percent of his two-point attempts. His three-point percentage, which trails just Matt Bonner in the league rankings, significantly elevates his overall numbers in terms of scoring. While such trouble could merit as an argument against labelling Curry the NBA's best shooter, it points to his success as a pure-shooter, as opposed to being a scorer.

For his NBA career Curry averages 44.7 percent, which would rank second all-time if he retired today. In addition, he resides in 201st place in all-time three-point field goals made. When broken down, this equates to an average of about 123 long-range shots a season. Considering last year's reduced season, where Curry hit just 55 three-point shots, and his long-term injury, he could very well up that seasonal average.

However speculation cannot be used as fact, so you could point to his pace this season. Through 38 games this year, Curry has knocked down an astounding 121 threes. At 3.2 a game, he leads the league in such a category. To refer back to him being on track for historical measures, his total for the season would end at approximately 255 three-point field goals. 

Taking his 3.2 average and multiplying by the 42 games left, it would place Curry third in terms of most three-point shots made in a single season, trailing just Dennis Scott's 267 in '95-'96 and Ray Allen's 269 in '05-'06. 

Curry's ankle problems have been well documented, and it should be noted the fortune he would need to play every game from here on out. However, if he can accomplish such a feat and stay healthy, he has a realistic chance to not only state his case as the league's best shooter, but as one of the most accurate in NBA history as well.

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