As you no doubt already know, Ray Allen became the NBA's all-time leader in career three-pointers made, passing Reggie Miller in the process. Allen made three three-pointers in Thursday's loss to the Lakers, the 2560th (tying Miller) 2561st (the record-breaker) and 2562nd successful shots from long range in his career. Which is impressive.â†µ
But what's more impressive is what SB Nation's Tom Ziller discovered while looking back at Allen's career:
Not only did Allen surpass Miller, but he did it in 315 fewer games -- that's almost a full four seasons.â†µ
Mind you, Allen entered a league falling in love with the three-pointer. In Miller's early days, the three-pointer remained exotic and, relatively speaking, rare. In Miller's rookie season, the average NBA team took 410 three-pointers a season. Last year, teams took an average of 1,487.â†µ
Ziller's piece is worth your time, if only for the reminder if offers: Ray Allen is truly a special player.