With each 3-pointer made, Stephen Curry seems to get more hate from NBA greats. Some say he is a product of the current NBA rules. Oscar Robertson has problems with the way Curry is guarded. He also has a problem with NBA coaching, overall. Meanwhile, Curry defenders scoff at the idea that he wouldn’t be great in any era of professional basketball. However, his ascent towards becoming an all time great player is due to many factors.
As Curry continues to amaze the NBA with an array of offensive exploits, he’s altering opponents’ game plans on the fly. The Golden State Warriors have already clinched a playoff spot with a (53-5) record. So far, Curry has played in 56 games, and has already broken his old record (286) for 3-point makes in the season. Still, the Warriors are only 3.5 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference. Therefore, if you’re expecting Curry and the Warriors to let up, it won’t happen anytime soon.
Curry’s 615 3-point attempts are already tied for the second most in his career. He’s taking a career high 11 3-pointers per game, and making 5.1 per contest. During his MVP season in 2014-15, Curry only took 8.1 3-pointers per game. Despite a record number of 3-point attempts, Curry is almost certain to surpass his single season record of 348 free throws. Right now, he is shooting 90.8 percent on 304 attempts.
After torching the Oklahoma City Thunder with 46 points, on 12/16 shooting from downtown, Curry’s assault on the record was complete. However, he has 24 more games to add to his league leading 288 3-point makes. He also crushed the Thunder with a 35 foot game-winning dagger in overtime. Curry is not just a front-running shooter, he is an assassin when the game is on the line. Still, don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s a one-trick pony.
Last week was a prime example of Curry’s greatness. Against Atlanta, Curry finished the game with 36 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. He was 5/11 from 3-point range, and 14/22 from the field. He followed that up with 42 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. But it was his back to back 3-pointers, giving the Warriors the lead in the final 1:06 of the game that dismantled the Heat. Keep in mind those were the two low scoring games of Curry’s week. However, they were no less spectacular.
While the game winner against the Thunder had to be the highlight of the week, his 51 point explosion at Orlando was nothing short of sensational. He made 10/15 3-pointers in the win. Curry also had eight assists, and seven rebounds.
Overall, Curry made 33 3-point shots in a four game span. Did we mention that all of the games were on the road? When the Warriors return home in March, they have rematches with three teams from last week’s road sweep. Atlanta, Oklahoma City, and Orlando will try to get their first win against the Warriors this season.
Certainly, they hope NBA legends keep quiet about Curry’s game this week.