With 29 games remaining in his sophomore campaign, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard already holds the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a player's first two seasons. After breaking a rookie record with 185 treys last season, he's added another 149 through 53 games in 2013-14, bringing his two-year total to 334 heading into Wednesday's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
Lillard has made 2.8 three-pointers per game this season, while logging at least 25 minutes in each of his team's 53 contests. If he continues at the same pace of 2.8 per game, he'll finish his sophomore campaign with 416 career treys.
The previous record of 322 three-pointers through two seasons is held by Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, the lesser half of Golden State's vaunted "Splash Brothers" duo. The more renowned member of that duo, star point guard Stephen Curry, holds the NBA record of 272 treys in a single season, a feat that he accomplished in 2012-13 and has a chance to surpass in 2013-14.
Lillard's shooting may not be held in the same regard as Thompson's or Curry's, but the second-year Weber State product is a better shooter than most people give him credit for.
Lillard has successfully converted 38.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc thus far in his career, despite hoisting up a whopping 6.5 three-point attempts per game. Curry made 43.9 percent of his three-point tries in his first two seasons, but he did so while attempting "only" 4.7 per game.
While nobody in their right mind would suggest that Lillard is a better shooter than Curry, the gap is closer than you might think. Curry, already in his fifth NBA campaign, is shooting a modest (by his own standards) 41.5 percent from three-point range this season, while Lillard is just a notch behind him at 40.3 percent.
Both players take more than their share of high-difficulty shots, but Curry has really taken the "bombs away" approach to a new level this season, regularly chucking up contested shots from well beyond the three-point line.
With a more selective approach, Curry would likely be closer to the 45 percent mark, a level of efficiency that's seemingly out of Lillard's reach, regardless of shot selection.