April 1st was a historic night for rookie point guard, Damian Lillard – No fooling. Lillard made his 169th three pointer of the season in a road loss to the Utah Jazz. This means that the soon-to-be Rookie of the Year now holds the record for most 3 point field goals made by any player in their rookie season. Ever.
The record was previously set by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in 2010. If you saw the flurry of threes Curry unleashed on Portland just last week, you know how impressive this really is. Even more amazing, Portland still has 8 games left in their season.
Averaging 2.3 treys a game, we can realistically expect Lillard to finish his rookie campaign just shy of 190. If you’re not astonished yet, you should be. That is easily the largest margin by which the record has been broken in recorded history (unless you count the introduction of the 3PT shot, but that’s just silliness).
- Damian Lillard: *169 (8 contests remaining) – Portland Trail Blazers [2012-2013]
- Stephen Curry: 166 – Golden State Warriors [2009-2010]
- Rudy Fernandez: 159 – Portland Trail Blazers [2008-2009]
- Kerry Kittles: 158 – New Jersey Nets [1996-1997]
Stephen Curry reached out to Damian via twitter the next morning to congratulate the newest record holder on surpassing his achievement:
Congrats to @dame_lillard for setting a new rookie 3pt record. Just hoping he slows that pace down from here on out lol. Congrats!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 2, 2013
It seems only fitting that the two end the season together in the Rose Garden Arena for one more battle on April 17th. An amazing way to cap off an amazing year. From here on out, every three that finds its way from Lillard’s fingertips to the bottom of the net is a tally in the history books. How many will it be tomorrow?