Curry, Bonds, Rice or Henderson: Which Bay Area athlete’s record is most unbreakable?

Curry, Bonds, Rice or Henderson: Which Bay Area athlete’s record is most unbreakable?

Stephen Curry joined a local Mount Rushmore of all-time numbers kings Tuesday night when he surpassed Ray Allen as the most prolific 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA.

It’s nothing new in the Bay Area as three other icons with local roots ascended to the top of their sports as professionals with career numbers that are unlikely to be equaled.

A look at how Curry’s mark compares to all-time records owned by Jerry Rice (touchdowns), Barry Bonds (home runs) and Rickey Henderson (stolen bases):

3-point baskets: 2,977 (active)

Stephen Curry, Warriors

Years of service: 13

By the numbers: Curry has led the NBA in 3-point baskets (and attempts) six times and is the current leader this season. All 3-point records date back to 1979, the year the NBA adopted the rule. In the 2015-16 season, Curry set the single-season record for 3-pointers (402) and attempts (886).

The record fell in Curry’s 789th game, with five 3-pointers against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Ray Allen, the previous record holder had 2,973 3-point baskets in 19 seasons and 1,300 games with Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Reggie Miller, who is No. 3, had 2,560 3-pointers in 18 seasons and 1,389 games with the Indiana Pacers.

The first 3-pointer: Oct. 30, 2009 vs. Phoenix Suns

The last 3-pointer: Dec. 14, 2021 vs. New York Knicks (active)

Can it be broken?: It’s conceivable Curry could play three to four more years after 2021-22. It’s not impossible that Curry could finish between 3,500 and 4,000 3-pointers depending on how long he plays. Even in a 3-point era, there is no one else shooting at that clip and he could put the record out of reach.

Jerry Rice scored 187 of his 208 career touchdowns as a member of the 49ers.

Touchdowns: 208

Jerry Rice, 49ers

Years of service: 21

By the numbers: From 1986 through 1995, Rice scored 152 touchdowns in 10 seasons, a figure that on its own has been surpassed by only four players in terms of career touchdowns — Emmitt Smith (175), LaDainian Tomlinson (162), Randy Moss (157) and Terrell Owens (156).

Rice had a knee injury in 1997 and later re-injured it with a well-intentioned but too-much-too-soon in-season comeback. He went on to score 56 more touchdowns in 10 seasons for the 49ers, Raiders and Seahawks until retiring at age of 42 following the 2004 season. Of Rice’s 208 touchdowns, 187 came as a member of the 49ers.

The first TD: Oct. 6, 1985 for the 49ers, 25-yard pass from Joe Montana vs. Atlanta

The last TD: Dec. 19, 2004 for Seattle, 12-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck vs. N.Y. Jets

Can it be broken? Not any time soon. The only active players in the top 30 are Adrian Peterson (126), Larry Fitzgerald (121) and Rob Gronkowski (93). None will get close.

Barry Bonds hit 586 of his 762 home runs with the Giants over 15 seasons starting in 1993.

Home runs: 762

Barry Bonds, Giants

Years of service: 22

By the numbers: Bonds hit 586 home runs in 15 seasons for the Giants from 1993 through 2007 and 176 in seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 through 1992. He set the all-time single-season record with 73 home runs in 2001. In no other season did Bonds hit 50 home runs in a season, with a high of 49 in 2000. His home run total exceeded Hank Aaron, who finished with 755.

It was suspected but never proven in a court of law that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs to wage his assault on the single-season record after Mark McGwire hit 70 in 1998. Over the final seven years of his career, aged 36 through 42, Bonds hit 268 home runs, and that included a 2005 season when he played just 14 games due to injury.

The first home run: June 4, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta

The last home run: Sept. 5, 2007 for the Giants vs. Colorado

Can it be broken?: The active player with the most home runs under age 30 is Mike Trout, who has 310 home runs at age 29. Trout would need to average 45.3 home runs over the next 10 seasons to get to 763 and pass Bonds. The most home runs he’s ever hit is 45 in 2019.

Rickey Henderson holds third base aloft after breaking Lou Brock’s record with his 939th stolen base in 1991.

Stolen bases: 1,406

Rickey Henderson, A’s

Years of service: 25

By the numbers: Henderson had 867 of his career-record stolen bases for the hometown A’s, for whom he played 14 seasons in three separate stints. He had 326 steals as a member of the New York Yankees and also stole bases for the San Diego Padres (91), New York Mets (42), Seattle Mariners (31), Toronto Blue Jays (22), Boston Red Sox (8) and Los Angeles Dodgers (3).

At age 32, Henderson passed Lou Brock (938) for the all-time lead and went on to steal 467 more bases — including 66 steals for the A’s at age 39. While the stolen base record received the most attention, Henderson is also the all-time leader in the most elemental statistic in the sport. Henderson finished with 2,295 runs scored, passing Ty Cobb (2,245) in 2001 while playing for San Diego.

The first steal: June 24, 1979 for the A’s vs. Texas Rangers

The last steal: Aug. 29, 2003 for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Can it be broken?: The most unlikely of all the records to fall unless there’s a dramatic shift in the way the game is played. The current active leader is Dee Strange-Gordon, with 333 steals with the Dodgers and Seattle Mariners over 10 seasons.

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