Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has proved himself as one heck of a basketball player. The Warrior point guard is the best shooter in the league (.451/.453/.900), has incredible court vision (6.9 assists per game) and is a decently good rebounder (4.0 rebounds per game). Despite the limitations of being one of the shorter players in the league, Curry has become not only one of the best point guards, but best players in the NBA.
Despite the praises, Curry has a few holes in his game that can be improved on.
Turnovers – Last season, Curry had 3.1 turnovers per game, 9th most in the league. Though that number is high on its own, the real red flag is Curry’s assist to turnover ratio.
Curry had a 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, 35th in the league amongst qualified point guards. The Warriors play at a fast pace, but that’s no reason to downplay the negative impact turnovers have on a team.
Inside shooting – The league average for shooting within 10 feet of the rim was .588 last season. Top point guards like Tony Parker and Chris Paul shot an average of .577 and .626, respectively. Even a dynamic three-point shooting point guard like Kyrie Irving averaged .504.
Curry, on the other hand, had an average of .468 within 10 feet of the rim.
Sure, Curry has no peers from beyond the three-point line, but having the ability to threaten opposing teams around the rim will open up shooting opportunities. Once Curry develops his ability to free up space around the rim, opposing defenses will struggle keeping him from scoring 25 points a game.
Clutch-factor – When time was winding down last season, ball-handling responsibilities were often passed to Jarrett Jack. Despite being assisted on many shots down the stretch, Curry struggled when there were fewer than three minutes left in a quarter.
In the first nine of minutes of a quarter, Curry averaged .471 shooting. During the last three, that averaged dropped nearly a hundred points to .373. As defenses begin to plan schemes to specifically shut him down, Curry will need to improve his shooting down the stretch. During the situations where a basket can be the game changer or nail in the coffin, Curry has to prove he can play under pressure.
There are the three things Curry must improve if he wants to rise into the upper echelon of the NBA. Turnovers, shooting inside 10 feet and scoring down the stretch – once Curry improves on those aspects of his game, he will become one of, if not the best scorer in the NBA.