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Stephen Curry Can See the Future, Is Ridiculous from the Corner

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:

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.

Yeah. Maybe not.

Shot data courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

Andrew Lynch

When God Shammgod created the basketball universe, Andrew Lynch was there. His belief in the superiority of advanced statistics and the eventual triumph of expected value-based analytics stems from the fact that he’s roughly as old as the concept of counting. With that said, he still loves the beauty of basketball played at the highest level — it reminds him of the splendor of the first Olympics — and the stories that spring forth from the games, since he once beat Homer in a game of rock-paper-scissors over a cup of hemlock. Dude’s old.