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Just How Good Was Stephen Curry This Year?

April 26, 2016

Stephen Curry is one of the biggest sports stars in recent memory. Last year he led the Golden State Warriors to its first NBA championship in 40 years and was named league MVP. This year, he just might be even better.
Just How Good Was Stephen Curry This Year?

  • Curry led the Warriors to a 73-9 regular season record. That’s the best in NBA history. It tops the previous tally of 72-10 by the 1995-96 Chicago Bells, led by Michael Jordan. To start the season, the Warriors won 24 in a row.
  • Before Curry entered the league, the record for most three-pointers made in a season was 269, amassed by Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2005-2006. Currently, four of the top 10 all-time best three-point seasons were achieved by Curry. In the 2012-13 season, he topped Allen’s record with 272. In 2014-15, he topped his own record with 286 three-pointers. This season, he obliterated his own record. Final tally: 402.
  • Curry broke that record in late February, with more than six weeks left to go in the season. That’s the fastest a major single-season sports record has ever been broken. For example, when Barry Bonds hit his record-breaking 71st home run in 2001, it was in the final week of play. Statistics site FiveThirtyEight amusingly pointed out that if Curry hit home runs at the pace he hits three-pointers, he would’ve hit more than 100 home runs this year.
  • Last year, Curry was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. This year, he came in fourth in voting for Most Improved Player. The previous year’s MVP has never been that high in the running for most improved.
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