The baby-faced assassin just keeps doin it, EVERY single night he makes us all collectively mutter “ooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh” and “aaahhhhhhhhhh” while we watch Warriors highlights, he’s an atm machine for incredible plays and unreal shot-making ability.
Last night was no different as his Bay Area squad video-gamed the Memphis Grizzlies 119-69, YES YOU READ THAT SCORE CORRECTLY. That’s a 50-point win over a strong, playoff-bound Grizzlies team (I know it’s only week 1 of the NBA season, calm down Grizz fans). Steph put on a show yet again, scoring 21 points in the third quarter marking the third time he’s scored 20 or more in a single quarter in the last four games. He also did this:
Then 20 seconds later he did this:
Just to get you up to speed fully:
Four minutes later he decided to share the wealth a little bit (always making his teammates better):
Watching Steph play is like watching a grown up destroy junior high kids on a 9-foot hoop (minus the unnecessary ego and overall sadness). But what separates Curry from all the other superstars in the league right now is simple, he’s NOT a 6’9″ athletic freak who’s god-given size and athleticism is what makes the difference. His skill and years of hard work is what makes the difference. He’s 6’3″, 185 lbs……he’s not going to physically overpower ANYONE in the league. He’s not Allen Iverson-quick, he can’t bounce outta the gym like a human pogo-stick ala Derrick Rose-2010 (RIP).
What Steph Curry does it what theoretically any kid with a little bit of talent and a TON of hard work could do. He makes shots from everywhere on the floor, that’s a learned and acquired skill coming from thousands of hours of shooting drills…”Shooters aren’t born, they’re made”. His handles are elite, the ball is on a string and he’s always under complete control, that’s from thousands of hours of ball-handling drills.
As a point guard, a major responsibility is decision making and leading a team on the floor. Great decision-makers and floor generals have to be the smartest and mentally toughest players in the game all the time, they steady the ship when it’s going down and they push the envelope when the team needs a kick in the ass.
Decision making skills are accumulated over time from always playing against the best competition possible, watching and analyzing film while being super critical of yourself as well as listening to coaches. Steph Curry exemplifies all of these traits to perfection.
Steph is a smart, COACHABLE, talented player that has worked harder than anyone else to be the player he is now, he doesn’t rely on size or athleticism, he relies on skill, intelligence and mental toughness. Every day you get better or you get worse, there’s no standing still in the NBA and Steph is ONLY going to get better as long as he keeps this mentality and work ethic.
This is why he owns the NBA right now and it’s why he’s the best player in the league. Move over Lebron, watch out KD and get your popcorn ready, there’s a new gunslinger in town and his six-shooter is cocked, locked and ready to rock.