Up until the end of 2021 most regarded NBA legend Ray Allen as the greatest shooter ever.
That all changed when Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry surpassed Allen’s record for most threes in NBA history.
By the end of December, Steph had connected on 3000 shots from beyond the arc thus far in his career.
For context: Allen hit 2973, Reggie Miller 2560 and James Harden 2516.
Not long after his record was broken, Allen was asked for his take on the greatest shooter of all time. In a conversation with NBA.com, he offered a surprising response.
“I wouldn’t put myself in the conversation,” he said. “The greatest I’ve ever seen, someone who was amazing, was Dell Curry because of the way he shot so efficiently without moving with the ball. It was like he could throw the ball up there.
“But Reggie (Miller) was the greatest all-around shooter, being able to carry his team, he was an assassin. When you break it down, him being able to get to the free-throw line, great coming off screens, he wasn’t a pick-and-roll player but a guy you had to know where he was every moment of the game. Guarding him was hell for me.”
Dell has obviously been in the news quite a bit in recent months, but it certainly hasn’t been for his shooting. He is something of a surprising pick.
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That said, Allen rarely shies from giving his honest opinion when asked for it. He did it when he and Kevin Garnett were beefing. He did it when the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden. And he’s doing it now.
For better or worse – Allen always keeps it real.