Stephen Curry may not have Mark Jackson's celebratory shimmy down pat just yet, but the Golden State Warriors point guard moved past his coach on the NBA's all-time three-point shooting list on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With that three Curry passes Mark Jackson for 121st on the NBAs all-time three-pointers list with 735 threes.— GSWStats (@gswstats) December 29, 2013
With 9:34 remaining in the first quarter, Curry drilled a triple from his beloved right wing, continuing his rapid ascent up the league's long-range shooting ladder.
As Curry's triple total neared Jackson's in recent days, the coach joked that he might make a few offensive tweaks to preserve his shooting supremacy.
Mark Jackson joked that he was going to run a bunch of pick-and-roll action inside the three-point line for Steph Curry tonight.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 28, 2013
Fortunately for the Warriors, Jackson stopped short of sabotage.
Notably, Curry needed just 287 games to accomplish what took Jackson 1,092 contests.
As shooters, there's really no comparison between Jackson and Curry. In fact, there's really nobody in the league's history who measures up to the high-volume, high-efficiency shooting marks Curry has posted in recent seasons.
The fifth-year guard buried an NBA record 272 long bombs last year, and he's actually on pace to attempt more threes this season than he did in his record-setting 2012-13 campaign, per Basketball-Reference.com.
If we assume Curry knocks down about 250 threes this year, he'll vault past another 30-plus players on the all-time list, landing comfortably in the top 100 before the 2013-14 season ends.
Jackson, a career 33 percent shooter from beyond the arc, doesn't have much to teach Curry in the long-distance sniping department. But the third-year coach—a man whose 10,334 assists are third all time—has certainly helped improve Curry's court vision.
This season, Steph ranks second in the NBA with 9.5 assists per game, an enormous leap from his previous career best of 6.9 dimes per contest.
Now, if only Curry could get that shimmy ironed out.