The Secret to Stephen Curry’s Superstar Evolution

January 20th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Stephen Curry understands the power of reputation, and he's using his to victimize defenders in cruel new ways during a career year.

Perhaps the NBA's most fearsome long-range threat, Curry is piling up great numbers despite hitting a career-low 39.9 percent from beyond the arc. We're dealing in relative terms when it comes to three-point accuracy and Curry, of course. His "down season" from deep would be terrific for almost anyone else.

His slow start from three-point range isn't cause for concern, either. Curry typically waits until the second half to turn it on from distance, as indicated by his career month-by-month splits:

Curry will sort out his three-point stroke before long. What's more interesting to consider is that Curry's off-the-charts season numbers indicate he's getting plenty of production from someplace else.

That someplace is the restricted area.

Over 20 percent of Curry's shot attempts this year have come from within three feet, according to, a career high. Watch any Warriors game, and you'll notice how often he gets chances inside and ho ...

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