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Stephen Curry explains why Ray Allen is the ‘greatest shooter ever’

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Ray Allen at long last on Tuesday formally retired from the NBA. And with that announcement, the best shooter in the history of professional basketball has called it a career.

At least that’s how Stephen Curry sees it. The Golden State Warriors guard, a lethal sharpshooter in his own right, reacted to the retirement news by pointing out why Allen is without question the best shooter in NBA history.

“To me, he’s the greatest shooter ever because of his longevity,” Curry said of Allen, via ESPN. “He did it year-to-year and he got up on his shot. That’s what made him different. He was a special player.”

Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 2,973 in 1,300 regular-season games over an 18-year career spent with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He previously held the NBA regular-season record for three-pointers made with 269 … until Curry broke it during the 2012-13 season by making 272. Curry has since broken his own record twice.

The Warriors superstar noted he has fond memories of being around Allen when his father, Dell Curry, was Allen’s Bucks teammate during the 1998-99 season. Allen would challenge a then-10-year-old Curry to shooting contests.

“Those were fun times,” Steph Curry recalled.

Curry already has made 1,610 three-pointers in his career, becoming the fastest player ever to reach 1,600. He admits he’s set his sights on one day breaking Allen’s career record.

“He gives me something to shoot for,” Curry said. “That’s a goal of mine.”

And at this point, there’s no reason to believe Curry won’t one day be hailed as the “greatest shooter ever.” But for now, that title belongs to Allen.