I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but St. Louis is a ways away from challenging Ray Allen's brand-new three point record. That doesn't mean they don't have their own record, of course—the St. Louis Hawks departed well before the three-pointer became NBA law, but the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, namesakes of this very blog, spent two mostly unpleasant seasons in the rival pro basketball league at the end of its existence, and before their owners fleeced the NBA for its TV rights they had some 3-point shooters of their own. I'm pleased, then, to report that the all-time St. Louis pro basketball 3-point record belongs to... Freddie Lewis, who hit 48 in two years as the Spirits' high-scoring guard.â†µ
It took the game a while to adjust to the 3-pointer; Lewis actually placed eighth in the ABA in three pointers with his 31 in 75-76, and finished ninth in the league's history with 275, spread across 686 games. That's six more than Ray Allen managed in 2005-06—and Allen missed four games that year.â†µ
So this is our three-point champion: A hired gun who spent his golden years with one of the teams that remained in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers. There are many like him, but he is ours.