Saying Steph Curry is a good shooter is like saying the sun is hot: It’s a true statement, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Curry went off yet again Wednesday night, scoring 40 points in three quarters in a 116-99 road win over the Hornets. Curry scored 28 points in the third quarter, including 24 straight, including 14 in the final 1:53 of the period, draining several threes from 25+ feet in the process.
To get shots off in such a variety of ways, to shoot with such accuracy from those distances and under such duress – have we ever seen anything like this?
“I haven’t,” Warriors executive Jerry West said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Most people just talk about his ability to shoot the ball from deep, and obviously (he’s) the best I’ve ever seen, particularly under duress. He gets a lot of attention where a lot of three-point shooters kind of run into three-point shots and have other people getting in the lane. He creates these shots for himself. I think the other thing that people don’t quite recognize about him is he’s a shot-maker on top of it.
“I know a lot of people that are baseball fans,” West continued. “They go out and watch the home-run sluggers hit balls . . . out of the park during batting practice. And our home games in particular – my God, we have people coming out just to watch him shoot around before the game. He’s pretty remarkable. He really is. He just does not miss. If he misses, he looks like he wants to go kick himself in the fanny. But he’s a remarkable player.
“And on top of it, (he’s) as nice of a person as you’d ever want to see. In our locker room, you wouldn’t even know he’s as great as he is by the way he conducts himself. He’s the easiest star that I’ve ever seen to be around – the easiest. That little baby-faced smile of his, he’s got he heart of an iceberg. He’s just that competitive.”
Wednesday marked the sixth 40-point game of the season for Curry, who is averaging a league-leading 32.0 points per contest.
Gottlieb asked West to explain the difference between a shooter and a shot-maker. It may sound like the same thing, but it isn’t.
“Any shot on the move, any shot that requires using the glass, any shot where he’s off balance, any shot where he has to finish the ball with his left hand – he can do it,” West said. “I watch him play and he looks like he’s left-handed to me, and yet he shoots right-handed. He’s so proficient handling the ball, but he’s got a routine. He is a better player than he was a year ago. I don’t think there’s any question – and I still think there’s room for growth for him. But having said that, he’s doing something very historic as far as his shooting right now, and more importantly, he’s a leader. He’s not one of these leaders that has to go scream and holler and jump on his teammates. They follow him. He’s beloved in our locker room. He really is. It’s a tribute to him, his family and his upbringing. He is just a delight to be around personally.”