When you think of Steph Curry, you think of 3 pointers. The Golden State star makes the hardest of shots look simple and his unbelievable strength of shooting from outside the 3 point line has helped change the way the game is played.
In his latest column, Tom Haberstroh shared a quote from Wizards head coach, Scott Brooks, about just how good of a champion Steph really is.
“Some of the shots that he was making, they were just, they were … you don’t see that. He’s a special player, special scorer, special shooter. I mean, he was taking 35-foot shots. It’s hard to double-team a guy that is that far out. And he makes them. He makes them like they’re layups. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
For Steph, long-range threes can be as simple as a layup or a big man making a dunk in the paint.
According to Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype, Curry is shooting a shocking 60.7 percent on these attempts:
Multiply that by three and you’ve got someone who is averaging 1.82 points per attempt on long three-pointers. According to Haberstroh’s research, the current league average on dunks is also valued at 1.82 points per attempt.
But the volume is actually not a new trend for Curry, who was 50-for-104 (48.1 percent) from 28 feet and beyond during his first MVP season in 2015-16. He connected on as many shots from this distance as the second-best and sixth-best deep shooters combined — while averaging 1.44 points per attempt.
The three-time NBA champion has already made a total of 17 attempts from at least 28 feet away from the basket. It’s an unbelievable statistic and the amount of attempts made from that distance is as many as both the second and third runner-ups in Kemba Walker and Trae Young combined. Not only is a high amount made, Curry is also shooting at an unbelievable 60.7 percent on these attempts.
This isn’t something new for Steph, in his first MVP season back in 2016, Curry was 50 from 104 from 28 feet and beyond which was an impressive 48.1 percent.
Steph Curry is arguably the greatest player in the league right now and if the MVP award was given out right now, Curry would have to be in consideration. With the Warriors at the peak of their powers, Steph is well and truly on his way to being one of the game’s all-time greats.