Stephen Curry has taken the league by storm. His ability to knock down shots from basically anywhere inside the arena is one of the most fun things in the league; give Curry an inch of space and he’s going to knock down what you thought was a semi-contested three. Right in your face.
To some degree, Curry’s development into the best shooter in the league has been surprising, especially when viewed through the lens of his early career struggles with injury. For Curry, though, there’s nothing at all shocking about his prowess from behind the arc. BECAUSE STEPHEN CURRY CAN SEE THE FUTURE:
i’m going to practice that michael petrius corner 3 right now…money maker in the league
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 27, 2009
That tweet from Curry is from 2009; suffice to say that course of action worked out prettttty well for him. He’s the second most accurate shooter from deep in league history (minimum 500 attempts), and his shot charts are a thing of beauty. On corner threes in particular, though? Curry’s shot an absurd 55.6% (159-for-286). That’s an effective field goal percentage of 83.4%. Put another way, Stephen Curry shooting a corner 3 is better expected value than a trip to the free throw line for all but 19 players last year (minimum 200 free throw attempts). And one of those free throw shooters is Curry. Stephen Curry corner 3s are more valuable than a trip to the free throw line for the vast, vast majority of the league. I don’t know what to do with my hands.
Haha RT @eunit8899: @StephenCurry30 Hit up Jimmer Fredette for some shooting tips
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 30, 2010
Yeah. Maybe not.
Shot data courtesy of NBA.com/stats.