You know a player is competing at a higher level than his opposition when he makes things look effortless and easy all the time. Similar to when an actor sucks you into the story that completely makes you forget you’re watching a film, DeNiro in Taxi Driver, Nicholson in The Shining, Brando in The Godfather, McConaughey in Dazed and Confused (what? He’s awesome).
The “different level” player always seems to be moving fluidly and without distraction from anything or anyone like a wave in perfect harmony with the breaks and swells flowing into the beach. With every action, the player reacts without struggle in the perfect and most unpredictable way, and in the case of Steph Curry it usually ends in a soul-crushing three-pointer to win the game.
If you haven’t been paying attention to Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors, you need to. They’ve announced their presence with authority as serious Western Conference contenders. Curry is averaging 23.8 ppg, 7.8 ast, 1.9 stl per game this season for the Warriors, while shooting 49% from the field and an unbelievable 42% form the three point arc. I call that unbelievable because he leads the league in three point attempts AND makes as well.
That puts Steph in rare air as far as shooters go, he’s on track to reach the triple crown of long-range gunners, the 50-40-90 club. Only TEN players in the history of the NBA have shot 50% from the field, 40% from three-point and 90% from the freethrow line, Curry is at 49-42-92 right now.
In case you were wondering:
These aren’t your Dad’s Warriors, there’s no Tim Hardaway or Chris Mullin or Latrell Sprewell or Chris Gatlin “Gun” in the bay area anymore, this new wave of talent in Oak-Town is legit and ready to make everyone look silly.
Even Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless (the obnoxious duo) are in love with Steph.