Stephen Curry drops the final 3-pointer No. 2,974 to surpass Ray Allen on the NBA's all-time 3-pointer list. Arguably making him one of the greatest shooter of all time. There no question that Curry is one of today's greatest popularized players of his era. With that said we may never see another talent like him. As Stephen continue to break records, and shoot the lights out many can agree that Curry is a great shooter but may not be the greatest of all time according to theses particular categories.
1. Catch & Shoot
This stats were published by NBA.com around the month of December. As you can see Curry sit Pretty high at 7.6, ranking number 3. Below are the stats that are current.
Patty Mills climbs to number 3 spot since December making Curry fall below down to five. Each player is different and play differently on there respect teams. For example Curry is just not a catch and shoot guy, he can also create his own shoot off the dribble. Other players like Pat, Patty Mills, Nikola, play off the ball most than often. But a guy like Curry can play off the ball with the best of them and is known for moving constantly without the ball in his hands. The Warriors are contracted well enough for Curry to play well off the ball With players like Poole, Wiggins, and the return of Klay, things could never get this easier for Curry. Which make this statistic surprising to see Curry fall down to the 4 spot.
2. Shooting Distance Decline
As you can see Curry field goal percentage from three point range has went down a bit. In most recent years is when he was at his best always shooting above 40 percent. As a mid range shooting curry had spurts of shooting the ball at good percentage.2012, 2018, and 2021 is where you can see the impact of him sabotaging most teams. Curry continue to play excellent at the rim but even that took a down turn but not much.
3. Lacks High Efficiency
The category of a player efficiency is very important because it reflects how much the athlete can impact the game. Shooters have great impact on the game because of there ability to score often and effectively. according to Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Player_efficiency_rating
Hollinger argues that each two point field goal converted is worth 1.65 points. A three point field goal made is 2.65 points. A missed field goal costs a team 0.72 points. Players can break even on his two point field goal attempts if he hits on 30.4% of these shots. Three pointers break-even point at 21.4%. If a player exceeds these thresholds, the more he shoots the higher his value in PERs. Especially if he converts effectively at the two point curry shoots 3 pointers at very high volume, and dosent approach the mid range as much since it's a dying art. Because of this reason his PER could be lower than it need to be.
4. Not Clutch
So far Stephen Curry leads the pack with most missed clutch shots in NBA Playoff history with 0-8. Russell Westbrook comes in number two 0-7, and Zach Randolph 0-4. When you think of a shooter you analyze their ability to control and dominate the game. Ray Allen , LeBron James has had clutch moments where they have turn out games, which curry seems to lack as the greatest shooter. His impressive playoff moment against the OKC 2016 regular season which was only memorable shot that curry made but never has it did in the NBA playoffs. Below or more categories that Stephen Curry is not included in.
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5. 3-point Shooting Percentage
Currently Stephen Curry rank number 9 in 3-point percentage at 43.0%. Since Curry is considered the Greatest Shooter percentage shouldn't matter, or maybe it does. Current right now Curry Coach Steve Kerr still leads in the NBA in 3-point percentage, his brother Seth Curry is number 2. So why does the greatest shooter ranks 9 in today's basketball climate of shooters. Understand that Curry attempts alot of shots, and other players like Seth, Joe Harris, even Steve Kerr never take that certain amount of shots like Curry has over a period of time. The attempts he makes causes an impact on his shooting percentage, but a a great shooter that come with the territory, but than again can high volume shooter like Curry have a greater percentage and pass up his brother and coach for the greatest 3-point percentage. Maybe, Maybe not. The more shots he attempted that dosent converts into makes, the more it would hurt his chances to really push his 3- point percentage higher.