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Steph Curry: How the Warriors star “revolutionized” the NBA


In the responses, many are skeptical. One says he doesn’t think Curry will reach 2,000, while another thinks, “No one can even catch Jason Kidd … let alone Ray Allen.”

In Tuesday night’s Golden State Warriors game against the New York Knicks, Curry scored two three-runs in the first quarter to break Allen’s record. And with three more in the Warriors’ win, Curry had 2,977 in 789 games.

So, with Curry having his name etched in the NBA history books, a new question deserves to be asked: “Chief” Curry, single-handedly, changed the way basketball will be played in the years to come?

Development

When Curry entered the league in 2009 as the Warriors’ 9th overall pick, it was only a year since Allen helped the Boston Celtics win an NBA championship, shooting nearly 40% from three points and above. 90% on the Free Line of Fire.

During his rookie year, Curry – a skinny playmaker fresh out of Davidson College – was a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year award, averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5 , 9 assists and 1.90 steals while shooting 43.7% from beyond the arc.

In his early seasons, he showed his potential to be a scoring threat while suffering a few injuries, while also developing a relationship with teammate Klay Thompson, earning him the catchy nickname “Splash Brothers. “.

He’s averaged over 20 points per game as of 2012, but it was the hiring of Steve Kerr in 2014 that turned Curry into a superstar.

Through a combination of Kerr’s tactical changes in the Warriors’ playstyle and Curry’s excellence, Golden State catapulted into the title race and Curry became one of the best players in the league.

He was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) on the path to the Warriors’ first NBA title in 40 years, but the best was yet to come.

During the 2015-16 season, Curry entered another stratosphere.

He became the seventh player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club, where players average over 50% from the field, 40% from three and 90% from the pitch line. frank.

While he set the NBA record for the most three points in a season with 272 in 2012-13, he broke that record two years later by scoring 286. However, in 2016 he rose to a different level, scoring an extraordinary 402 three to break his own record.

Steph Curry: How the Warriors star “revolutionized” the NBA

Along with helping the Warriors break an NBA record of 73 wins and nine losses, Curry himself had his own moment in history, being named the league’s first unanimous MVP in recognition of his dominant season.

Although the Warriors suffered a heartbreaking loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that year, Curry and Golden State rebounded to win back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018, as he won. as one of the most dynamic and destructive players in the league.

Despite entering his 30s, Curry hasn’t slowed down, averaging a career-high points average last season and almost single-handedly bringing a young and injured Warriors team to the brink of the playoffs.

And this season, still with a relatively inexperienced team, Curry has continued to shine, leading his Warriors to an NBA record and having them firmly in the playoff hunt.

But surpassing Allen’s record for the most three pointers in NBA history – not just surpassing it, but surpassing it with the years of his career to come – could be the crowning achievement of his basketball impact. -ball.

Steph Curry: How the Warriors star “revolutionized” the NBA

The future

Before Curry came to the fore, three-point shooting was an element of NBA offenses, rather than a reliable method of success.

But thanks to his elite endurance, craftsmanship, mobility, precision and tenacity, Curry has changed perceptions.

He paved the way – besides other teams like the Houston Rockets led by James Harden – to normalize shooting from a distance over terrain that was previously unthinkable and could have put you on the bench.

Such is Curry’s influence that he completely transformed the way basketball teams have played in the league, focusing more and more on their long-range shots.

There is also a whole new generation of players – including Trae Young and Luka Doncic – for whom three-point shooting is a primary way to score, not just something to use occasionally.

“What he’s doing is revolutionary,” said Doc Rivers, head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. “Only the big ones can do that, leave their mark like that. In fact, the big-big ones. They are a game-changer.”

When asked if Curry was the most influential player over the past 30 years, NBA great player and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal tends to agree.

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Steph Curry: How the Warriors star “revolutionized” the NBA
“I’m looking at these little kids now, and I’m like, ‘Brother, I’ve never seen a little kid dribble like that, shoot like that.’ Yes, I would agree, “he said on the” Dan Patrick Show “.
O’Neal, who won three straight titles with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002, said this season he would rather go see Curry play than the Lakers this season, both the excitement it brings to contrast with it. the Lakers. ‘ gameplay style.
Even Allen had to pay homage to Curry: “He’s at his level, the one he made for himself.”

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.



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