Why Stephen Curry Will Improve His Three-Point Shooting In 2013-14

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Playoff Precedence

Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring a basket against the New York Knicks during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If the playoff taught us one thing, it was that great things happen when Curry is holding the ball. Whether it was an off-handed floater from a penetration into the paint, or a spot-up long three-pointer, the Davidson product dazzled us with his brilliant performance.

Curry’s success should not come as a surprise to anyone but casual fans, as Curry had been displaying his sharpshooting all season long. There was a bit of vindication in him representing the Warriors on their first Sports Illustrated cover since 1997, especially since the 6’3 guard was not selected for the All-Star game.

What does all this have to do with three-point shooting?

As the famous adage goes, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Curry has entered the national spotlight as the true representative and face of the Warriors, and with that comes further pressure to lead them next season. Breaking the three-point record only compounds that.

If we look to the season immediately after Allen broke Dale Ellis’ then-record of 267, he averaged almost two more shots per game, going from 19.2 field goal attempts in 2005-06 to 21.0 in 2006-07. Both of those are higher than Curry’s current average of 17.8 field goal attempts per game. That number will assuredly go up next season and so will his three-point makes.

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