Steph Curry has emerged as one of the NBA’s best shooters ever over the last few seasons. Since 2012 he’s lead the NBA in three pointers made every season and has broken the record for most made in a season twice. So how does someone, who many thought wouldn’t succeed in the NBA at all, turn into the most dangerous shooter of the modern day? It takes a lot of physical work, but just as much work is done in your mind.
You don’t become successful by hearing something new, but rather hearing the same things over and over until you master it. When watching Curry, it seems like he’s mastered the biggest mental trait needed for any superstar: confidence. For a lot of hoopers, it takes a lot of confidence to shoot a regular three pointer but Curry is routinely pulling up from 25+ feet on the fast-break and not thinking twice about it. Every shot he takes he’s confident in. It doesn’t matter if it’s off the dribble, off a screen or on the break, he knows it’s going in.
When Steph actually does miss – I know, I didn’t think it was true – that shot never happened. His ability to forget about the previous play is something that all hoopers need to have, but not all do. Even if he was to shoot an airball that was three feet short, he’d come down the next possession and shoot with the same confidence that he puts on display night in and night out. Lingering on a previous miss doesn’t do anything but ruin your confidence.
To shoot like Steph you need to believe that you can actually shoot like him. If you’re able to convince your subconscious that you’re the best shooter, I will guarantee that you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your shot makes. Will you shoot 45% from three right out of the gate? You might and if you do that’s amazing, but a majority of shooters won’t and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. Even a slight jump from 25% to 30% is enough to keep your belief strong. If you continue to believe and work towards improvement, you’ll soon be a constant shooting threat.
Of course, you still need to do the work while having a strong mental attitude. Alan Stein had the privilege of working out with Steph Curry while he was still an unknown and how he displayed a great work ethic.
Now those skills academies, we’d have two workouts a days for three straight days. Thirty minutes before every single workout, most players were still in their flip flops and would have on their headphones and Stephen Curry had already started doing some form shooting. He’d already started taking game shots from game spots in game situations. By the time the workout officially started he’d probably already made 100–150 shots, almost in a full sweat.
And then probably the most impressive thing that he did, was as soon as every workout was over, he would not leave the court until he swished five free throws in a row. You know how hard that is? But that’s the level of excellence he holds himself to.The moral of that story, is that success is not an accident, success is actually a choice. Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters on the planet today because he has made the choice to create great habits.”
That was just a snippet of what he said but it displays a prominent point. What I love about this story is that those habits are things that anyone can start doing; it’s not absurd like Kobe who has to make 800 shots before he leaves the gym. Is it a challenge? Yes, but it works. If you’re not challenging yourself you’ll never see the success that you’re hoping for.
You need to do the work and couple that with the mindset because one by its self is pointless without the other.
You becoming a shooter of a caliber similar to Steph Curry will not take days or months, but years. If you are confident in your shooting abilities, you believe that you can and will become the best and put in the work to warrant the results, the only person that’s going to stop you from becoming great is you.