It is safe to say that the Stephen Curry phenomenon is in full flight. The 25-year-old sharpshooter is coming off a breakout year where he led the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs, and his stock has grown even further in the offseason. From appearing on the covers of SI and SLAM Magazine to reaching a million followers on Twitter, Stephen Curry is turning into a household name.
But Curry would be nowhere near where he is today without his phenomenal ability to shoot a basketball from long distance. Curry is shooting a dazzling 44.5 percent from beyond the arc in his career, and broke the record for threes made in a season last year with 272.
“It’s one of the best feelings ever,” he said. “The rim looks like you’re literally shooting into an ocean. When you can get a clean look off, it’s going in. Just your whole body feels in sync and in rhythm. On top of having the hot hand, you find the opportunity to get those shots off. There’s no point in having the hot hand if you’re not getting the ball in your hands to shoot it. All that is clicking at the same time, and it’s just an awesome feeling man.”
Case in point: his 54-point performance at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks last season:
If other players were to take those kinds of shots, their coaches and fans would be all over them. Heck, even for Curry, those shots were questionable. Pulling up for three on a two-on-one with his team down by just two points late in the game?
But when Curry’s en fuego, he knows it and he will keep shooting.
“Yeah, those times I’ve had a hot hand,” he said. “It’s like that superhuman feeling where every time you’re on the court, no matter what anybody does, nothing is going to stop you from accomplishing that mission of playing well that night. No matter how many guys they throw at you – double teams, triple teams, there’s really no answer for that mission that you’re on that night. I’ve been locked in like that plenty of times.”
And plenty of more times to come.