Stephen Curry Names His Mount Rushmore of Shooters

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

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Discussion over the four faces that should be represented on the NBA's hypothetical Mount Rushmore has dominated the Association this week, with everyone from LeBron James to Kevin Durant chiming in. 

However, Golden State Warriors point guard and three-point specialist Stephen Curry was asked to provide a different spin on the hot topic. 

In an interview with Golden State Warriors TV (via NBA.com), Curry dropped the four names that he believes best represent the pinnacle of three-point shooting:  

"I'm a little biased, obviously, so it would be Dell Curry in there somewhere, but you've got Reggie Miller, definitely Ray Allen and I put Steve Kerr up there because of how clutch of a shooter he was," Curry said. "He didn't get a lot of volume, but he was a knock down shooter and he's the career percentage leader, so he's got something to say about that."

Curry's list is solid, and it's nice that he admitted his personal biases, but it's worth noting that his father, Dell, ranks No. 36 all time in terms of three-pointers made (1245) and 30th in three-point field-goal percentage (40.2). 

Reggie Miller congratulates Ray Allen after breaking his three-point field-goal record.
Reggie Miller congratulates Ray Allen after breaking his three-point field-goal record.Brian Babineau/Getty Images

By comparison, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller rank first and second, respectively, when it comes to threes made and 36th and 47th among the game's percentage leaders. 

When exploring potential replacements for Curry's dad, it's hard not to think of Steve Nash, who grades out among the game's 10 greatest distance shooters, per Basketball Reference, having canned nearly 43 percent of his attempts while knocking down 1,683 total threes. 

After setting an NBA record for most triples made in a single season (272) during the 2012-13 campaign, Curry finds himself in the running to be one of the all-time great perimeter marksmen despite being in just his fifth season. 

Curry ranks third all time (and first among active players) in terms of three-point field-goal percentage, having knocked down 43.9 percent of his looks from beyond the arc to date. The only players who rank higher than Curry are Kerr and Hubert Davis, according to Basketball Reference. With 815 threes already under his belt, Curry is on pace to crack 1,600 sometime during his 10th season, an accomplishment that only 13 players in league history can boast. Not too shabby for a 25-year-old who was just voted to his first All-Star game. 


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