Anthony Morrow, Ray Allen, Steve Kerr, and the “New” Three-Point Chase

Ray Allen, Anthony Morrow
Two of the greatest three-point shooters of all time, on the top of two different leaderboards.

Ray Allen hit the 2,561st three-pointer of his career at the 1:48 mark in the first quarter last night, breaking the record held by former Indiana Pacer and currently awkward television analyst Reggie Miller. Miller, who was commentating last night, appeared delighted that such a class act and phenomenal shooter had taken his record. I too couldn’t be happier, and not just for him. It’s because now, we can finally focus on the next great sharpshooter – Nets shooting guard Anthony Morrow.

You see, while Ray Allen sets his record with just one three, Morrow is chasing a record nightly. Morrow rode a 3-5 showing from beyond the arc Wednesday night, increasing his career three-point percentage from .453978 to .455108. This leapfrogs him above Steve Kerr to #1 on the leaderboards of NBA history, who finished his career with a three-point percentage of .454033.

That’s right. While the Celtics now have the most prolific three-point shooter of all time, it’s actually the New Jersey Nets who have the most efficient one.

I get that Anthony Morrow vs. Steve Kerr isn’t as “sexy” a battle as Ray Allen vs. Reggie Miller, but that battle’s over. It’s toast. Not only is it toast, it’s probably toast forever. I would bet a fair amount that Ray will end his career with over 3,000 three-pointers, and no one will approach that number in my lifetime. But a 45% career three-point mark is an unbelievable number, and one that we can only assume gets better as Morrow’s career continues.

In our right sidebar here at NaS, you’ll now see a counter with Morrow’s current career three-point percentage compared to Steve Kerr’s, out to six decimal places. If Morrow’s above it, you’ll see green. If he’s below it, you’ll see red. If he’s somehow equal to it, six decimal points out, I’ll just be shocked. It will also be yellow. Hopefully, we’ll just be swimming in a sea of green for a long time.