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Nikola Vucevic On Stephen Curry And Damian Lillard's Long Range Shooting: "For Them It's Just So Easy."

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(via Rip City Project)

(via Rip City Project)

Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard are widely known as the best long-range shooters in the game. They can make jumpers the moment they cross over the half-court line. There are no players quite like them that can warp defenses starting right after half-court.

One of the people who know how good they are is Nikola Vucevic, a fellow All-Star. He witnessed Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry make long-range bombs in the All-Star game, so he knows what he's talking about.

Nikola Vucevic and JJ Redick have some good discourse on shooting from way beyond the arc. Nikola Vucevic notes that it is easy for them to score those shots: their form doesn't look that different. Vucevic also points out that Stephen Curry won the 3PT contest even after missing a few shots at the beginning. At the end of the day, shooters just have to shoot. Lillard and Curry are some of the best long-range bombers in the game, and there has been no other in history that took shooting to the next level like this.

A fun part to hear about is definitely Vucevic talking about Lillard's game-winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul George has been lambasted for calling Lillard's shot a bad shot, but Vucevic also asks a simple question: who takes that shot? There's no-one that can do that in the league besides the two guards mentioned here: that is what makes them a unique joy to watch. The 3PT shot has been key in the modern NBA, and these two guards have borderline mastered it.