Ray Allen Names Reggie Miller as NBA's Greatest Shooter, Not Steph Curry

Grant Afseth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Many consider Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry as being the greatest shooter in NBA history, and for good reason. He recently surpassed Reggie Miller on the NBA's all-time leaderboard in career made three-pointers. Now, he's well on track to be No. 1 on the leaderboard. 

Ray Allen doesn't seem to agree with the sentiment that Steph Curry is the NBA's best shooter ever. In fact, he believes that title belongs to Reggie Miller, who previously led all players in NBA history in makes from deep during his time with the Indiana Pacers. 

“Yes, Reggie [is the GOAT] because of the way he set the game up, the way he played the game,” Allen told CBS Sports. “Obviously, I incorporated a lot of who he is into how I played. He was the standard-bearer. Without him, we don’t have a formula for moving forward. So that’s how I view it because it allowed me to do the things that I was capable of doing.”

Ray Allen explained how there should be a different category for players like Steph Curry when discussing the top shooters in NBA history. Using Klay Thompson as an example, Allen expressed how he and Thompson are both off-ball threats who came around off-ball screens and moved without the ball. Meanwhile, Curry is more of an on-ball shot creator. 

“I think it comes with categories when you talk about shooters,” Allen told CBS Sports. “[Steph Curry] is in a category of his own, the way he plays the game. When I think about shooters, someone like Klay Thompson comes to mind. He’s more in the realm of how I shot, how Reggie shot — coming off screens, moving without the ball. Steph is more on the ball, the point guard shooter. So it’s a different approach to the game.”

It does seem that players like Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Steph Curry could be stacked up with one another better than players like Reggie Miller, Klay Thompson, and Ray Allen. There certainly are different styles of shooters -- meaning different categories could be appropriate.