This week Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics has passed sharp shooting, future hall of famer Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers in total three point field goals made. Miller set the mark at 2,560 threes made over the span of 18 years with the Pacers. He finished his career shooting 39.5% from three. Reggie Miller is not eligible for Hall of Fame status, but when he does become eligible he will surely get in on his first ballot.
Ray Allen has spent 21 years in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, and finally the Boston Celtics, where he won his first and only NBA title. Allen is now sitting at 2,562 threes after his performance against the Lakers, which was coincidentally called by Reggie Miller. Allen is shooting 39.8% from the line, which means it took him 50 less shots to reach Reggie Miller’s mark as the best three point shooter of all time.
Now that he has passed the Pacer legend, will Allen’s mark be passed or remain for all-time. The closest active player to Allen in total three pointers is Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks with 1,754 threes, but it is unlikely he will be able to catch up due to his age.
There are a large group of players that entered the league between 1999-2001 that have eclipsed the 1,000 three pointers mark. This group consists of players that are declining in their career and players that are still playing at an extremely high level. Some names include Dirk Nowitzki, Joe Johnson, Peja Stojakovic, Rashard Lewis, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Mike Bibby, Vince Carter, Jason Richardson, Mike Miller, Baron Davis, Jamal Crawford, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, and Quentin Richardson.
I believe that Ray Allen’s record is safe for now, but will be broken by a sharp shooting college player that makes an immediate impact on the professional game from long range.