On Thursday night at 8:00pm ET the Boston Celtics will face the Los Angeles Lakers. The best rivalry in the game will be on the line, as will the title of best 3-point shooter of all-time. Ray Allen will enter the game 1 measily 3-pointer away from tying Reggie Miller’s all-time record for 3-pointers made in a career — leaving him as a virtual lock to set the all-time record in the game.
While Ray has shot a slightly better percentage than Reggie both from 3-point range and from the free throw line over his career, the difference is essentially negligible. Ray has averaged 20.4 ppg to Reggie’s 18.2, and has averaged 2.4 3-pointers per game to Reggie’s 1.8. While those numbers are significant, I haven’t even dropped the bomb on you yet:
Ray Allen will break Reggie Miller’s record in 315 fewer games. Yes, 315. That’s four full seasons!
To me, that makes it very obvious who the best 3-point shooter of all-time is. Perhaps best of all, Ray is having his best 3-point shooting season yet, averaging 46% from behind the arc. How cool would it be if the Celts could pull out a championship this year and Ray could go out on top?
One last thought for you all…..this record could last a long time. The third all-time 3-point shooter is Jason Kidd. He’s more than 1000 3-pointers behind Reggie and Ray.