The three-pointer, the 1,761 of Harden’s career and 114 of this season, propelled him a spot over the 13-year NBA vet and Kings legend Peja Stojakovic.
That’s insane to think about.
Harden, not even 30 games into his 10th year of basketball, has already passed up one of the greatest marksmen in NBA history. And, if statistics mean anything, he’ll easily pass up Chauncey Billups (1,830 total threes) for 13th place by the end of the season, and could possibly pass Dirk Nowitzki and J.R. Smith to land at 11th if they never play again this year.
By no means is this a knock on the OG three-point shooters of basketball, but it’s mostly just to look at how much the game has changed.
For instance, in the top 20 of all-time three-point shots made, nine of those players are currently active, and five of them are in the top 10. For scoring, only two are active and in the top 20, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki, both of whom are in the top 10. Only one active player is in the the top 20 for rebounds: Dwight Howard. Two are active in the top 20 for assists. *Shouts out to CP3- Get well soon* And for blocks, Dwight is again the only active player in the top 20.
If you want to get crazier, 8 of the top 10 single-season most three-pointers made belong to three active players: Klay Thompson (4, 7) Steph Curry (1, 2, 3, 5,) and James Harden (9, 10).
While no one is close to that incredible 402 three-pointers Curry had in ‘15-’16, it’s been masterful to watch Harden make as many threes as he has while shouldering the load of the offense. The year that Curry set the record for most threes made in the season, 54.7-percent of them came off of assists. Only 26-percent of Harden’s career-high 265 threes made last year came off of assists. The 220 threes that came off of assists for Curry that season nearly matches all of the threes Harden made last season.
Do with that what you will.
After this season, given that he maintains this pace and ends this season at around 1,900 career threes, he’s on pace to past the all-time threes leader, Ray Allen (2,973), in less than five years and in his 15th season- something Allen accomplished in 18.
Congratulations to The Beard who now sits at 1,765 threes for his career after making four more last night. There are many more threes to come.