After hitting nine three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors 136-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry is just 22 away from hitting the 400 mark on the season. He has five games to accomplish that feat.
Considering no other player in NBA history has hit more than 269 in a single season, this number is absolutely absurd.
Clearly on his way to earning back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards, Sunday’s performance represented the sixth time Curry has hit nine-plus threes in a game this season. To put that into perspective, not a single other player in NBA history has hit that many threes in a game more than five times.
While debates continue to rage regarding what Curry and the Warriors are doing, one thing is clear. He’s defining the game of basketball as we know it.
To go a bit deeper into perspective here, imagine this: Curry is averaging 15.3 points per game on three pointers alone this season.
At 69-8 on the season, Golden State needs to win four of its final five games to break the Chicago Bulls single-season mark for victories. If Curry is able to hit that 400 three-point plateau between now and then, the odds are good that the Warriors will be able to do just that.
Whether this equates to Golden State defending its title is anyone’s guess. The San Antonio Spurs are right up there among the best teams in the Association.
If the Warriors do end up hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, it will likely go down as the best season in the history of the Association.
As the team’s best player, is it possible that Curry’s 2015-16 campaign would then go down as the single-best performance in the heralded history of the game? That’s a debate that will rage as long as the game of basketball is being played.