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During warm-ups he shoots step-back jumpers from the inner edge of the halfcourt logo.. In games he drains spot up three-pointers from 35 feet with no hesitation. I'm talking "crossing mid-court with 20 seconds on the shot clock and pulling up a shot just because the defender wasn't there waiting for him", type of no hesitation. Apparently he's gotten bored of normal three's.. He makes precise, no look behind the back passes with his non-dominant hand and immediately begins to run down to the other end of the court to play defense before his teammates shot even splashes the net. His dribbling skills are world class and depending on his mood, he'll do the same three crossovers in a row on you even if the first one worked and still proceed to shoot a contested three in your face or drive by you to finish at the hoop.
It's perfectly fine to dislike the way Stephen Curry and The Golden State Warriors play the game of basketball. At any other point in time on any other team ever assembled: a contested isolation three with over 15 seconds left on the shot clock is considered a bad shot. A very bad shot. But what if the guy shooting the ball makes over 45% of his contested threes anyways? Is it still considered a bad shot? Did "if it's not broken, don't break it" stop applying to stuff that actually worked? The other day I heard a guy say "He jacks up horrible shots and when he misses he looks like a jackass". Fair enough. 55% of the time he may look like an ass shooting a deep three with a hand in his face. Although, that other 45% of the time he'll make you forget that you're not watching a video game. The "Stephen Curry" talk is at an all-time high these days and the takes are getting hotter than a bottle rocket in the beginning of July. Talks from him being the best player on the planet to him being from another planet. I've even heard some say that Curry's style of play is so different that it's "ruining" the game of basketball entirely, from youth leagues all the way up to the Pros. How? I'll get to that later. However, I disagree. I don't think his influence on the game is "ruining" anything, I'd call it re-innovating. The same way the forward pass changed the game of football forever, the same way Wilt, Dr J, Larry, Magic, Mike, AI, Kobe and LeBron inspired and gave new styles and ways to study and learn the game of basketball; Stephen Curry is doing the same.
There's no true blueprint to success in the NBA. If there was, just about every team would be in contention and a 41-41 record at the end of the regular season wouldn't be enough to slide you into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. However, one thing is for certain: The Golden State Warriors are changing the game of basketball, at all levels. The three-point shot for much of its existence has been a novelty, or minor part of a teams gameplan, but as of lately it has become an essential component of almost every team’s offensive attack. In 2012, the average team took about 1,200 threes over the course of a season. Last year: 1,800. Now of course "The Splash Brothers" didn't invent the three-pointer nor did The Golden State Warriors become the first team to shoot the shot in high volume, but I do have this thought. Are the Golden State Warriors responsible for the huge jump in the average NBA teams three-point shot attempts per game?
The title "The Splash Brothers" appeared in the Internet for the first time officially in 2012. By the end of the 2012-13 season, Steph and Klay (The Splash Brothers) made 483 three pointers; an all time NBA single season record by two teammates. At season's end in 2014 they tallied 484, again; an all time record. At the end of the 2014-15 season: 525 made three pointers between the two, I'm sure you're catching on at this point. Right now, it is 11:09AM on March 9th and on this 2015-16 season; Steph alone has made 301 three-pointers, eclipsing the NBA single season record 286 he made in 2014-15, which also makes him the first player in NBA history to make 300+ three-pointers in one season. He is now No. 1, No. 2 and, No. 3 on the all time single-season list, with 272 during 2012-13. There are 20 games remaining in this years season and he's on pace to break last years record by 40%. I'm not writing this article to throw stats down your throat or to just spew a bunch of numbers at you, but mainly just to put into perspective what is actually happening here..
If Steph had never hit a three-pointer at HOME this entire season, he would still lead the league in threes made. He leads the entire NBA in Player Efficiency Rating (player efficiency rating (PER) an all-in-one basketball rating, which attempts to boil down all of a player's contributions into one number. Using a detailed formula, a system was developed that rates every player's statistical performance.), a statistic thatLebron James once topped for seven seasons in a row. The PER statistic is somewhat of a "seal of approval" as to who is currently displaying the best overall basketball in the NBA. Call it what you want, but to put it in terms that are as straightforward as possible; he does what none other in the history of the NBA could ever do.. Period. Last years MVP and soon to be this years MVP will not stop dominating the league until he's "ruined" basketball forever. If the NBA had a four-point line at 28 feet, he'd be shooting 67.3% from it. He's shooing a better percentage from 35+ feet than the rest of the league shoots outside of the paint. He inverts odds. He's on the level that legends like Jordan, Tiger, Bonds, Tyson and Barry Sanders were on during their primes: when they’re playing, you stop what you're doing and you watch greatness.
I may sound biased but these are just some scattered thoughts. That light skinned baby faced guy in Oakland is running the entire league and either you love it or you hate it. Personally, it's love/hate for me. He's been my favorite player and inspiration on the court for a long time, but nope. I'm a Chicago Bulls fan and I don't want to see that precious 72-10 record get one upped, and since we're making it to the NBA Finals this year I wouldn't wanna have to see my boy Steph go out like that with an L.
- A Chicago Bulls Fan and an undersized PG that shot a lot of 3's in high school.