Earlier in the 2015-16 NBA season, I took a look at how Curry's year was stacking up against some of the best in NBA history, a list which, naturally, included luminaries like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. (Kobe Bryant, however, did not make the cut, and you can read why I left out Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul Jabaar, both of whom certainly belong in the conversation.) See the original post for what went into the plots. Curry's astronomical numbers tapered off a bit throughout the course of the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking run of 73 wins and 9 losses, beating my beloved Chicago Bulls' 1995-96 mark of 72-10, but I think it's fair to say he had a year unlike any other—a truly unique and heretofore unfathomable player.
To say the least, the Warriors season has been remarkable and, if they romp through the playoffs like I suspect they might, they will have earned their stripes as the greatest team of all time. Likewise, Curry solidly has put his mark on the league and on the record books. He hit over 400—4 fucking hundred—three-pointers this year, which puts him so far above the previous record (his own) that calling it "rare air" would seem like a gross understatement.
I'm not going to say much, because I think these plots tell enough of the story, as muddled as they are. All data is from Basketball-Reference.com.
Curry's main competitors here are a shooting guard and a small forward, so it's no surprise to see his blocks and rebounds per game a bit lower. He did finish the season averaging 30.1 points per game and played fewer minutes per game than anyone on this list, which is worth considering.
Remember that Jordan's 1995-96 three-point percentage can be solely attributed to the line having been moved in for those two years. With that in mind, Curry, obviously, is in a league of his own when it comes to shooting, which is also born out by his effective field goal percentage. I think we can agree, though, that LeBron had a pretty good year in 2012-13.
This group of measures looks a little less'favorable for Curry. He is clearly the best offensive player of the bunch (yes, including Jordan), but, while he logged more than 2 steals per game, his defensive box plus-minus remains pretty abysmal compared to the others, with the exception of Durant. All this equates to a wash in the overall measure when comparing him to Jordan and LeBron.
The advanced stats make a pretty good case, if we needed one, for this one being among the top seasons. Curry's PER and WS/48 are right up there with the best of them. You might nick him for his VORP, even though he led the league this year. I suspect the fact that he played fewer minutes per game depressed his score a bit, but with the Warriors so stacked, I'm not sure how relevant the VORP is when comparing seasons like this. (Special pleading?)
Anyway, this year was something else.