The Knicks, Nets, Wizards, Grizzlies, 76ers, Timberwolves, Hornets, Pelicans, and Kings are the only NBA teams that have never made 1,000 3-point shots in their playoff history. It’s worth noting that the Golden State Warriors aren’t on the list. In fact, they could take out all but two players from their history and still hit 1,000 3-pointers.
Curry & Thompson Dominance
Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 999 career playoff 3-pointers entering Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Klay Thompson hit a three-pointer in the first quarter to put the Warriors up 17-6 on the Boston Celtics. He handed the Splash Brothers their 1,000th total postseason triple in the process.
Defying all Odds
If you’re wondering if another pair of partners has ever accomplished something similar, know that they haven’t. It would be physically impossible. Curry is the only player in NBA history to make more than 500 postseason 3-pointers, and for a duo to reach 1,000, one of them must have done so.
Thompson isn’t far behind, with a score of 445. They are the all-time scoring leaders, with LeBron James in third place with 432 points. Kevin Durant (or should we say Splash Cousin?) is the honorary Splash Brother who ranks seventh with 344 points.
Long-distance shots are becoming increasingly important in the NBA. Perhaps one day a player will emerge who can challenge Curry’s personal best. But the concept of a pair of colleagues being so effective from beyond the arc and playing deep into the postseason enough times to build up this much volume is almost unthinkable. This is one of those achievements that will almost certainly never be surpassed.