Golden State Warriors: Grading Stephen Curry's 2012-13 Season

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May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for the basket against San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) and shooting guard Danny Green (4) during the second quarter of game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Curry has always been a scorer – his scoring ability helped him garner nationwide attention while at Davidson. He averaged 22.9 points per game this past season, which was good for seventh in the league. Curry actually averaged 26 points per game after the All-Star break, which helped the Warriors overcome a poor stretch of games to secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Although scoring was not a problem for Curry, his shooting percentage was a little lower than I would have liked. He finished the season shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (a career-low). He has added a reliable floater to his repertoire, but it would behoove him to learn to finish/fight through contact. The knock on Curry is that physical play can throw him off his game. If he can learn to finish at a higher percentage around the basket, he can add another dimension to his game.

Part of the reason Curry’s shooting percentage was a bit low was because over 40 percent of his field goal attempts came from three-point range. This, of course, isn’t a problem. His true-shooting percentage this year was 58.9 percent. That’s a phenomenal percentage; a lot of the credit can go to his three-point shooting.

Curry has cemented himself as the best shooter in the game. He made 272 three-pointers this season (breaking Ray Allen’s single-season record by three) while shooting 45.3 percent.  Shooting is what makes Curry special.  Opposing defenses focus so much on stopping the three-pointer that other options start to open up for the Warriors’ offense.

As for passing, Curry seems to be getting better.  He didn’t take over the point guard duties in college until his third and final year.  This season, Curry dished out 6.9 assists per game – a very respectable number.  Passing seems to come naturally to him; he has great court vision and makes some amazing passes.

However, he has been known to make lazy or forced passes, leading to costly turnovers. I have a love/hate relationship with Curry’s unique “over the shoulder” pass.  It’s usually a blind pass in the direction of a teammate standing near the foul line. It has led to some easy buckets, but it is a pass that is prone to being picked off.

Curry averaged 3.1 turnovers per game this season, so he still had a decent assist-to-turnover ratio. If he can cut down on the number of lazy passes, he can really make strides as a point guard.

There aren’t many holes in Curry’s offensive game, so it is easy to be greedy and nitpick. He had the best three-point shooting season of all-time. Combining that with his assist numbers makes this one easy

Grade: A

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