Three-point specialists can be among the most feared players on a basketball court due to their ability to quickly turn the tides in a close game or push one out of reach for good. But there are some three-point specialists who strike fear into basketball players and fans alike with a deadly accuracy that makes it more surprising when a shot misses than when it goes in.
In the past several seasons, that player has been the Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry. The clear choice for best pure shooter in the game today, Curry last year beat Ray Allen’s record for most 3-Pointers made in a season with 272 — three more than Allen’s 269 made in the 2005-2006 season with the Seattle SuperSonics. To most onlookers and basketball fans, Allen’s record seemed nearly unbreakable, but Curry’s mix of off-balance shots, deep threes, and stunning fade-aways means that Curry will keep gunning for records through his career. The only concern is whether Curry can stay healthy.
So, what are the all-time records for 3-Pointers made in a career? Well, taking a look at some of the top marks shows that Curry has a long, long way to go. Here are the eight all-time leaders in 3-Point field goals made throughout an NBA career.
8. Peja Stojakovic (1,760 3-Pointers Made)
Peja Stojakovic is a Serbian-born former professional basketball player who was drafted in the 1996 NBA Draft with the fourteenth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. After spending two seasons on the bench, Stojakovic experienced a breakout season in the 2000/2001 season, winning the 2001 Most Improved Player Award and becoming a central piece of the powerful Kings team of the early 2000s that found itself in a bitter rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were then armed with a young Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
During a successful fourteen-year career in the NBA, Stojakovic made 1,760 3-Pointers and was a two-time NBA Three-Point Shootout champion, winning in 2002 and 2003. Known as one of the most dangerous shooters during his prime, Stojakovic also places at number six and number seven on the all-time list for most 3-Pointers made in a single season with 240 made in the 2003-2004 season with the Kings and 231 made in the 2007-2008 season with the New Orleans Hornets.
7. Rashard Lewis (1,769 3-Pointers Made)
Rashard Lewis went straight from high school to the pros when he entered the 1998 NBA Draft and was drafted thirty-second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. Standing at 6′ 10” with a large wingspan and high shooting release, Lewis was once one of the most feared shooters in the league, with a seemingly unguardable shot.
Still active in the NBA, Lewis is currently sitting at 1769 3-Pointers made in his career and is tied for eleventh on the list of most 3-Pointers made in a single season — 226 in the 2007-2008 season as a member of the Orlando Magic. While it’s unlikely that he will make the jump to number six on the list before his career winds down, there’s no doubt that Lewis was once one of the most feared marksman in the NBA, with a shot that is sometimes compared favorable to Kevin Durant’s.
6. Chauncey Billups (1,829 3-Pointers Made)
Chauncey Billups was chosen third overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and moved around the league early on before experiencing a breakout season in 2001-2002 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. After that season, Billups moved to the Detroit Pistons, where he became one of the best players on a championship squad and earned the nickname “Mr. Big Shot” for his ability to knock down clutch shots.
Now back with the Pistons after stints with the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers, Billups has made 1,829 3-Pointers in his career, good for number six on the all-time list. But, in an example that slow-and-steady wins the race, you have to go all the way down to number sixty on the list of most 3-Pointers made in a single season before you find Billups’ name with 184 made in 2005-2006 as a member of the Pistons.
5. Paul Pierce (1,858 3-Pointers Made)
Paul Pierce, nicknamed “The Truth,” was drafted tenth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and would stay with the team for fifteen years before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets prior to the 2013-2014 season. Despite Pierce lacking the same kind of physical prowess wielded by many NBA stars, the small forward has earned himself a future spot in the Hall of Fame through a mix of clever footwork and a shot that was once as feared as any in the league.
With 1,858 3-Pointers made in his career, Pierce has earned his reputation as one of the most feared 3-Point shooters in the league. His name also comes up at number twenty-three on the list of most 3-Pointers made in a single season, with 210 as a member of the Celtics in the 2001-2002 season.
4. Jason Terry (1,931 3-Pointers Made)
Jason Terry was chosen tenth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, where he quickly established himself as the best player on the team in the 2000-2001 season, when he averaged 19.7 points and led the team in steals, assists, and free throws made. When Terry was traded to the Dallas Mavericks just before the 2004-2005 season, he then established himself as one of most dangerous sixth-man candidates in the league, showing no fear of taking the big shots when the game was on the line.
Currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets, Terry has made 1,931 3-Pointers in his career, good for number four on the all-time list. Although Terry doesn’t crack the top-100 when it comes to most 3-Pointers made in a single season, he has shown remarkable consistency, starting with the 2001-2002 season when he made 172 3-Pointers in the season — good for 103rd on the list. After that, Terry pops up again with 171, 167, 162, and 160 3-Pointers made, the last of which is good for number 170 on the list of most 3-Pointers made in a single season.
3. Jason Kidd (1,988 3-Pointers Made)
Jason Kidd was picked second overall in the 1994 NBA Draft and quickly established himself as one of the most gifted point guards in the league. A regular triple-double threat with career averages of 12.6 points per game, 8.7 assists per game, and 6.3 rebounds per game, Kidd had a successful stints in Phoenix, New Jersey, and Dallas (where he won the championship in 2011), and is now the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets after retiring last year.
Although Kidd was not a significant 3-Point threat at the start of his career, his 3-Point percentage shows a consistent upwards trend throughout his career and his 3-Point total of 1,988 is good for number three on the all-time list. But, it was his stint in Dallas from 2007-2012 where Kidd really started to turn it up from downtown, posting some of the best percentages from beyond the arc in his career and making 176 3-Pointers in the 2009-2010 season — good for number eighty-seven on the all-time list of 3-Pointers made in a season.
2. Reggie Miller (2,560 3-Pointers Made)
When it comes to 3-Pointers, Reggie Miller is always among the two or three names that inevitably come up. Chosen with the eleventh overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, Miller quickly became a household name with his unbelievable shooting skills and ability to perform in high-pressure environments — especially against the New York Knicks, which became a bitter rival of the Pacers.
With 2,560 3-Pointers made, the gap between Miller and Kidd is nearly 600 3-Pointers wide. And a quick glance at the list of most 3-Pointers in a single season shows Miller’s name come up a whopping nine times, starting with the 229 he made in the 1996-1997 season good for number nine on the list. Of course, what’s even more impressive is that Miller’s all-time 3-Pointers-made record recently fell, and the gap between number two and number one on this list is quickly becoming as big as the gap between number three and number two.
1. Ray Allen (2,899 3-Pointers Made)
The undisputed king of the 3-Point field goal, Ray Allen has a shooting prowess that is nearly unparalleled, even as the 38-year-old Allen finishes his career with the Miami Heat. Chosen with the fifth overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics from a star-studded 1996 NBA Draft, Allen would quickly establish himself as one of the finest shooters of all-time. Armed with a high, quick release and a smooth shooting form, Allen’s shot is one of the most envied in the entire league.
In the two years since breaking Reggie Miller’s all-time 3-Pointers-made record, Allen has raised the bar to 2,899 3-Pointers made. That’s 339 more than Reggie Miller made in his entire Hall of Fame career and 911 more than Jason Kidd’s 1,988 at number three on the list. And on the all-time list of 3-Pointers made in a single season, Allen comes up eleven times, including two times in the top ten. Additionally, Allen’s 2005-2006 record of 269 made in a single season was once believed to be untouchable, before Stephen Curry bested it with 272 made last season. But even Curry will have a hard time catching up to the all-time record set by Allen.
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A group of six designers from Minneapolis wanted to experiment by redesigning the American football team logos as if they were European football (soccer) crest. The designers plan on releasing a set of 32 logos for each of the four European styles: German, English, Spanish and Italian. The first set of logos have been released while the second set is still under works and should be released in the upcoming weeks.
Look for your favorite American football team with thier European makeover here. Also check out their Twitter or Facebook to follow along on the progress and keep up on the release dates.
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It’s pretty typical for National Football League fans to call their team the league favorite. Pittsburgh Steelers fans dub the country “Steeler Nation,” the Dallas Cowboys cite studies that say they are the most popular NFL team, and the New England Patriots call themselves America’s true football squad.
What really matters, though, is who shows up at game time and which fans are willing to travel the distance and pay the big bucks to support their teams, even when they are are away. Luckily, it’s easy to figure out: ESPN publishes fan attendance statistics for every game, showing which teams pack the biggest crowds. Of course, each stadium holds different numbers, so that has to be taken into consideration when evaluating the totals. Still, ESPN’s list provides a window into which teams currently boast the highest attendance, both home and away.
Here are the eight NFL squads that topped ESPN’s 2012 list for highest overall attendance. ESPN takes into account the eight away games and eight home games each respective team plays in the regular season, and it offers total attendance, average attendance, and average percentage of season stadium capacity. See if you’re surprised at which teams pack the biggest crowds.
8. Houston Texans
The Texans are first on the list, sitting at No. 8. Houston’s overall attendance for 2012 was 1,123,975 people, split between its eight away games and eight home games that year. The team’s home turf, Reliant Stadium, has a capacity of 71,500; Houston’s average home attendance was 71,665, while its average away attendance was 68,831. This comes to an average total of 70,248 and an average season stadium capacity percentage of 100.3 — the second highest on this list, even though Houston ranks eighth overall. Anything above 100 percent stadium capacity accounts for standing room only.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
This team in Eastern Pennsylvania also packs a crowd, coming in at No. 7 and edging the Texans with its total 1,126,893 attendance for 2012. Lincoln Financial Field’s capacity is about 3,000 seats less than Reliant Stadium, but it still packs in 67,594 fans. The Eagles’ average home attendance of 69,144 shows that all of those seats are usually taken.
The Eagles’ average away attendance, on the other hand, is 71,717, higher than its home attendance, bringing the team’s average total to 70,430. That’s good for an average percentage of 2012 season stadium capacity of 99.3, just shy of 100 percent and the Texans’ metric.
6. New York Jets
The Jets are next, and this New York team nabs the No. 6 rank thanks to the 1,142,324 fans that attended its 16 games in 2012. The Jets didn’t make the playoffs last year, but they did fill most of their seats, as their average home attendance in 2012 was 79,088. MetLife Stadium, meanwhile, holds a maximum capacity of 82,500, one of the largest arenas on this list. The Jets’ away attendance was much lower, averaging 63,702 and accounting for smaller stadiums than MetLife, but the team still managed an overall average attendance of 71,395 and a season stadium capacity of 94.4 percent.
5. Denver Broncos
Over on the Western side of the country are fans of the Denver Broncos, who continue to come out big for their team, awarding the franchise a No. 5 spot and an attendance total of 1,157,779. The Broncos had a solid run in the 2012 playoffs, eventually falling to the team that would go on to win that year’s Superbowl, the Baltimore Ravens. Denver’s average home attendance was 76,632, while its away games recorded 68,089. Sports Authority Field at Mile High holds 72,125 fans, and the team’s average season stadium capacity in 2012 was 98.9 percent.
4. New Orleans Saints
Following the Broncos are the New Orleans Saints, finishing the 2012 regular season with 1,157,779 total fans in attendance. Unfortunately, the Saints didn’t make it past the regular season last year, facing elimination in Week 16. Nonetheless, both the team’s home and away attendance was strong, and it came up with an average season stadium capacity of 99.5 percent, the third highest on this list. The historic Mercedes-Benz Superdome holds 73,208 fans, and the Saints had an average home attendance just shy of that, at 72,888.
Making the top-three club is a team that hails from the nation’s capital. Washington ranked first in the league in rushing yards for the 2012 season and fans showed up in numbers, totaling 1,189,702 by the end of 2012′s regular season. The team lost in the wild card race to the Seattle Seahawks, but it posted an average home attendance of 79,654 and an away attendance of almost 10,000 less than that, at 69,058. The team’s overall average season stadium capacity was 91.1 percent, the lowest on this list despite its impressive rank, according to ESPN’s numbers.
2. New York Giants
Joining the Jets, this New York team also tops ESPN’s totals and was rewarded a higher spot than its rival. The New York Giants share MetLife Stadium with the Jets, meaning they also can support up to 82,500 fans, but its average home attendance for 2012 was slightly higher than its rival’s at 80,495, compared to the Jets’ 79,088.
The Giants’ average away attendance was impressive, too, totaling 76,870 and outdoing the Jets by nearly 5,000 fans. The team’s overall average season stadium capacity in 2012 was 98.3 percent.
1. Dallas Cowboys
And here we are: at No. 1 is the Dallas Cowboys. As mentioned before, a poll conducted last year found that the Cowboys are the most popular NFL team among Americans who follow football, and though many NFL fans refuted that claim in 2012, ESPN’s ranking somewhat supports it — at least in terms of overall attendance. Dallas comes in first with a total fan attendance of 1,290,328, a full 166,353 more fans than the No. 8 contender on this list. The Cowboys’ ability to attract a crowd is also reflected in its average season stadium capacity, which stands at 104.9 percent, far and away the best of any NFL team.
Dallas’ numbers are no doubt impressive in their own right, but the team’s home stadium capacity alsohelps its cause. AT&T Stadium packs in 80,000 people, close to the highest on this list, but Dallas fans show that if you give them the room, they’ll fill it.The team’s average home attendance was 88,531 compared to their away attendance of 72,759. That comes to an overall average attendance of 80,645 in 2012, also the highest on ESPN’s list.
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