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Ray Allen Surprisingly Says Dell Curry, Not Stephen Curry, Is the Greatest Shooter He’s Ever Seen

One of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Ray Allen surprisingly said Celtics guard Stephen Curry was not one of his favorite players. Dell Curry holds that distinction among other basketball greats like Reggie Miller and Kobe Bryant.

The discussion over who is the best NBA player of all time will continue on for decades without a conclusive answer, but the dispute over who is the greatest shooter of all time isn’t much of a debate at all. Stephen Curry just set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made, and he still had hundreds, if not thousands, remaining in his arsenal.

However, the former record holder, Ray Allen, believes the Golden State Warriors superstar isn’t the best shot he’s ever seen. Curry’s father, Dell, has that designation, according to Allen.

Stephen Curry is the new king of the three-point shot.

Stephen Curry isn't even the best shooter in his family, according to Ray Allen.

Stephen Curry isn't even the best shooter in his family, according to Ray Allen. After smashing Ray Allen’s 3-point record, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his father, Dell Curry | Getty Images/Al Bello

Curry has long been regarded as the best shooter in NBA history, but he just cemented his status by shattering Allen’s record of 2,973 career threes. And the most amazing aspect about Curry’s achievement? He accomplished this feat in 511 less games than Allen.

Curry might hit 4,000 or even 5,000 three-pointers by the time he retires from the NBA, depending on how much longer he plays.

Curry is also sixth all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (43.1%), which is crazy when you consider volume. Curry has tried more three-pointers than all seven players above him on the list combined.

In addition, the future Hall of Famer owns the records for most threes made in a single season (402), most threes made in the playoffs (470), and most threes made in the NBA Finals (50). (121).

There is no disagreement.

Dell Curry, according to Ray Allen, is the best shooter he’s ever seen.

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Allen has witnessed Curry’s deadly 3-point shooting impact the game over the years. Last month, he was in attendance for Curry’s record-breaking night and was one of the first to congratulate him on his achievement.

He does, however, claim that the new 3-point king isn’t the finest shooter he’s ever seen.

Curry’s father, Dell, has that title, Allen said in a recent interview with NBA.com’s Shaun Powell.

I wouldn’t bring myself into the discussion. Dell Curry was the best player I’ve ever seen, and he was fantastic because of the way he shot so effectively without moving with the ball. He seemed as though he could toss the ball up there.

Reggie (Miller) on the other hand, was the best all-around shooter, capable of carrying his squad and acting as an assassin. When you break it down, his ability to get to the free-throw line and his ability to come off screens, he wasn’t a pick-and-roll player, but rather a player you had to know where he was at all times throughout the game. It was awful for me to be his bodyguard.

Ray Allen

I guess everyone has a right to their viewpoint, but the statistics don’t exactly support up Allen’s hunch.

Taking a look at the Curry’s

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Throughout his 16-year NBA career, Dell was a fantastic shooter. There’s no way around it. Comparing him to his son, on the other hand, is discourteous.

Let’s take a look at how the two stack up.

Stephen has made 3,011 3-pointers in his career. 1 245 Dell

Percentage of 3-pointers made throughout his career 43.1 percent, Stephen Dell has a 40.2 percent market share.

Free-throw percentage across a career 90.8 percent, Stephen 84.3 percent for Dell

Played career games Stephen’s number is 796. 1 083 Dell

That’s correct, Stephen has more than doubled his father’s total of threes while playing 287 less games! Allen’s remarks might have been motivated by envy more than anything else.

Basketball Reference provided all stats.

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