Stephen Curry only played 26 games last season for the Golden State Warriors, but somehow, he managed to cobble together a highlight reel worthy of notice.
Curry’s not really a typical “highlight” player, since most of his damage comes on unremarkable open jumpers—unless you consider Curry’s accuracy remarkable, which it sort of is. But you get the idea. Curry doesn’t throw down dunks on opponents’ heads or cross up his defender too often.
Nonetheless, Curry’s top 10 plays from a truncated 2011-12 season are still pretty solid.
He displays a sneaky handle and a keen passing eye, hooking up on a handful of lobs from beyond halfcourt. He also finds David Lee ducking in for a backdoor bucket by faking a bullet pass with his left hand before whipping one inside with his right.
Curry also finishes a couple of tough drives through contact, showing an ability to complete plays off either foot with either hand. He’s never going to be the type of guard who seeks out contact—he’s simply not strong enough to draw big hits and finish plays. But he doesn’t have to be Russell Westbrook or Derrick Rose to be effective on the inside. He can continue to use his cleverness and quickness to dupe defenders, though.
For my money, the best highlight of Curry’s top 10 was the play that didn’t make the list. You know, the one where he crossed himself over so badly that he sprained his own ankle? I’ll concede that might be a little revisionist history. In reality, a stiff breeze was enough to collapse Curry’s ankles last year.
Anyway, if Curry maximizes the slick highlight plays, continues to be a dependable shooter, and above all, avoids the dreaded ankle sprain, everyone’ll be happy.