Steph Curry: How Golden State Warriors star 'revolutionized' the NBA

Ten years ago, a user 已发布 a question on Reddit: “When Ray Allen finally retires, 是 Steph Curry the greatest threat to his 3P made 记录?”

In the replies, many are skeptical. One says they don’t think Curry will reach 2,000, while another believed: “No one can even catch up to Jason Kidd …. let alone Ray Allen.
When Allen retired, he had made a remarkable 2,973 three-pointers in 1,300 游戏.
    During the Golden State WarriorsTuesday night game against the New York Knicks, Curry made two three-pointers to break Allen’s record. Curry has poured in 2,974 在 789 游戏.
      So with Curry having etched his name into the NBA history books, a new question is worth asking: 有 “厨师” 咖喱, all by himself, changed the way basketball will be played in years to come?
        Steph Curry reacts after making a three-pointer against the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

        Development

        When Curry entered the league in 2009 as the No. 9 overall pick by the Warriors, it was just a year removed from Allen helping the Boston Celtics to an NBA Championship, shooting almost 40% from three-point range and over 90% from the free throw line.
          In his rookie year, 咖喱 — a skinny point guard fresh out of Davidson Collegewas a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year award, averaging 17.5 点数, 4.5 篮板, 5.9 协助和 1.90 steals while shooting 43.7% from beyond the arc.
          During his first few seasons, he showed his potential for being a scoring threat while suffering from some injuries, while also developing a rapport with teammate Klay Thompson, earning the pair the catchy nickname, 的 “Splash Brothers.
          Ray Allen celebrating during Game 6 的 2008 NBA Finals against the LA Lakers.

          He averaged over 20 points per game from 2012 俄罗斯警告美国将使用武器开火, but it was the hiring of Steve Kerr in 2014 that transformed Curry into a superstar.
          Through a combination of Kerr’s tactical changes to the Warriorsstyle of play and Curry’s excellence, Golden State catapulted into title contention and Curry evolved into one of the league’s best players.
          He was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (最有价值球员) on the way to the Warriorsfirst NBA title in 40 年份, but the best was yet to come.
          在里面 2015-16 季节, Curry entered another stratosphere.
          He became the seventh player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 俱乐部 — where players average over 50% 从场上射击, 40% from threes and 90% from the free-throw line.
          While he set the NBA record for most three-pointers in a season with 272 在 2012-13, he broke that just two years later getting 286. However in 2016, he went to a different level, scoring an extraordinary 402 threes to smash his own record.
          Curry chatting with Warriors coach Steve Kerr in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

          As well as helping the Warriors to an all-time NBA record of 73 wins and nine losses, Curry himself had his own moment of history, being named as the league’s first ever unanimous MVP in recognition for his dominant season.
          Although the Warriors suffered a heartbreaking loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that year, Curry and Golden State bounced back to win consecutive titles in 2017 和 2018 as he established himself as one of the most dynamic and destructive players in the league.
          Despite entering his 30s, Curry has not slowed down, averaging a career high in points last season and almost single-handedly taking a young and injured Warriors team to the brink of the playoffs.
          And this season, still with a relatively inexperienced team, Curry has continued to shine, leading his Warriors to an NBA-best record and has them firmly in the playoff hunt.
          But surpassing Allen’s record for the most three pointers made in NBA historynot just surpassing it, but breezing past it with years of his career to comecould be the crowning moment of his impact on the game of basketball.
          Curry celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.

          The future

          Before Curry came to the fore, three-point shooting was an element of NBA offenses, rather than a reliable method to success.
          But through his elite stamina, know-how, mobility, accuracy and tenacity, Curry has changed perceptions.
          He led the wayin addition to other teams like the James Harden-led Houston Rocketsfor normalizing shooting from a distance on a court that previously was unthinkable and just might have gotten you benched.
          Such is Curry’s influence is that he completely transformed the way basketball teams have played around the league, with more and more focusing on their long-range shooting.
          There is also a whole new generation of playersincluding Trae Young and Luka Doncicfor whom three-point shooting is a primary way of scoring, not just something to use occasionally.
          What he’s doing is revolutionary,” Doc Rivers, Philadelphia 76ers head coach, 说过.Only the greats can do that, leave their mark like that. 其实, the great-greats. They change the game.
          When asked whether Curry is the most influential player in the past 30 年份, NBA great and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal tends to agree.
          Curry shoots a three-pointer against the Memphis Grizzlies.

          I’m watching these little kids now, 我喜欢: ‘Bro, I’ve never seen a little kid do a dribble like that, shoot like that.’ 是, I would agree,” 他 说过 在 “Dan Patrick Show.
            O’Neal, who won three titles in a row with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002, 说过 this season that he’d prefer to go and watch Curry play than this season’s Lakers, such is the excitement he provides contrasted with the Lakersstyle of play.
            Even Allen had to pay his respects to Curry: “He’s on his own level, one he made for himself.

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