When it first started, no one thought the Warriors would have any success with an offense that attempts as many threes as theirs does. Stephen Curry, in particular, has a ton of success in this offense, which has been heavily documented by everyone with a computer, phone, or any other electronic.
There are a lot of people in the media who believe that Curry is hurting basketball. Recently, Colin Cowherd discussed why he thinks that’s true. The main point here is that Cowherd (along with many other people) thinks that Steph is creating a whole generation of point guards that are going to be playing the game the “wrong way.”
The conventional point guard play style is becoming extinct; there aren’t going to be as many players similar to Chris Paul, for instance. However, the fundamentals of a traditional point guard will always be around because the position isn’t changing, just the way of playing it is.
Everyone wants to be Stephen Curry to a degree — hell, I’d like to be able to shoot like him every once in a while — but, eventually, those kids are going to realize that they’re not going to be like Steph Curry. What we’re seeing him do this year is the culmination of years and years worth of training, and most people simply won’t want to put in the necessary hours and repetitions it’ll take to shoot like that. Steph’s outrageous efficiency extends way beyond luck.
Another thing I wish to add is that if a player tries to play like Curry in an organized setting, specifically middle or high school, he’s going to get benched quickly. Coaches won’t tolerate this because:
- Curry is a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
- You’re developing bad habits and setting yourself up for failure in basketball.
Always remember, the best basketball players have remarkable fundamentals. People would marvel at Michael Jordan and his technique when he was UNC.
Curry’s technique on his shot is flawless, which is a primary reason he can shoot like that. He also has a very crisp handle, and can finish inside the three-point line as well. On two-point attempts this season, Curry shoots 57%, good for third in the entire NBA (among players with 400+ 2PA). As for defense, he isn’t a showstopper but has 118 steals (5th), and coaches love a point guard who can force turnovers.
His assist numbers aren’t gaudy, but any player would love to play for a team that averages almost 30 assists per game (29.1 for GS). Sadly, his passing is severely underrated, and he can pass with the best of them.
A lot of people like to play off his shooting displays because of just his shooting skill, which isn’t right. It’s definitely a factor, but his ability to take you off the dribble helps because you need to respect his handle and quickness.
Of the next generation of point guards, there are going to be a lot of knockdown shooters because that’s where the game is going. There will not be another Stephen Curry because players won’t have success with his playstyle and stop voluntarily, or have playing time cut and be forced to stop.