Did you know: Stephen Curry scores with the best of them on the edge
You know Stephen Curry for his searing, otherworldly shooting.
This season, the only unanimous MVP in NBA history is scoring 32.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game and becomes the only player with multiple 50/40/90s alongside Steve Nash and Larry Bird. Seasons being there shoots 52.8 percent from the field. 44.3 percent from depth and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.
The main thing that stood out about Curry’s hot start to the season, however, was his finish in the suit. According to the Basketball Reference, he makes a remarkable and career-best 79.1 percent of his attempts within three feet of the rim. According to the NBA, Curry hits 76.4 percent of his looks in the restricted area, the 12th most efficient
“Obviously knowing I can shoot the ball and put a lot of pressure on defences, you have to be able to make a change to get the color and find creative ways to finish,” Curry said after the Warriors’ win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 11, per YahooSports. “I don’t play over the edge so it’s just playing angles and having some touch there. I have to use your shot as a threat to open lanes and I managed that. Even come from great screens of boys and also have no fear of contact. I don’t get to the foul line that often, but I’m still trying to figure out how to get your lane, your driving angle, protect the ball, get it on the rim and hope it gets in.
Curry is also making 5.7 two-pointers per game and 63.7 percent of his attempts from within the arc; both are career highlights. He is third in the league in scoring and leads the association by a wide margin, 77 compared to the 55 that Buddy Hield made.
As it stands, Curry could join Larry Bird and Steve Nash as the only hoopers with multiple 50/40/90 campaigns.
“You’re running out of adjectives to describe Steph’s game. He’s amazing night after night,” said Steve Kerr. “He’s in such great shape. If there’s one area where he’s dramatically better now than when I came here, it’s his strength and conditioning. He’s a lot bigger and stronger, a lot better at defending at a really high level and maintaining two-way basketball for a full game. And just knock down shots from anywhere and finish on the edge. He is unbelievable.”