NBA Star Power Index: Why Stephen Curry is the Babe Ruth of 3-pointers.

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  • After Stephen Curry scored 37 points in 29 minutes, hitting nine of his 14 3-point attempts, in Golden State's beatdown of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday and i can't stop thinking about it.
  • I know what you're thinking. This is crazy, right? Babe Ruth is more than a superstar. He's almost mythical. You could tell me he was actually just a bedtime legend, the Bigfoot of baseball, and I might believe you. To even include his name in the discussion of mortals seems patently absurd. But really think about it. When it comes to 3-point shooting, how mortal, really, is Curry? The gap between him and his peers, when you factor in not only the sum but majestic effect of his shooting, is starting to feel rather Ruthian.
  • Who has the most games with 10 or more 3-pointers? Curry, with 22. The next-closest player has five. What about 11 or more 3s? Curry has 12 such games. Nobody else has more than two. Think about this: Curry has already hit at least nine 3-pointers in a game three times this season alone. That's 33 percent of Damian Lillard's decade-long career total of nine such games, a number shared by James Harden, who has played 12 seasons and change and rewrote the rules on volume shooting. We haven't even hit the quarter mark of the campaign yet. Look at the freaking pace this guy is on.
  • Indeed, Chamberlain would be another athlete in the Ruthian realm. He was a man amongst boys. The guy averaged 50.4 points per game in 1961-62. The next-highest scorer, Walt Bellamy, averaged a measly 31.6 PPG. Do the math, and that's a 59-percent scoring gap between Wilt, in the highest-scoring season of his career, and his closest competition. By contrast, when Curry made an NBA record 402 3-pointers in 2015-16, the next-closest guy was his teammate, Klay Thompson, who made 276. That's only a 46-percent gap between Curry and the field.

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