Wednesday, January 15, 2014
How Curry has been so effective
By Sunny Saini & Matthew Wittyngham
Kyle Terada/USA TODAY SportsWith Chris Paul possibly out through the All-Star break, Stephen Curry is making the argument to be the Western Conference’s starting point guard. He will lead the Golden State Warriors against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at 10:30 ET on ESPN.
Stephen Curry is having a career season for the Warriors.
Curry is averaging career highs in points (23.0), assists (9.3), rebounds (4.6), steals (1.9) and player efficiency rating (21.85). His points and assists per game averages put him in the top 10 of both categories, the only player to do so this season.
The last player to average at least 23 points and 9 assists per game for a season was the Warriors’ Tim Hardaway in the 1991-92 season.
Curry creates for teammates
Curry has emerged as one of the league’s top passers, ranking in the top five of most passing categories. He’s averaging a career-high 9.3 assists per game, second to Chris Paul’s 11.2.
According to NBA.com’s player tracking, Curry has created an average of 20.8 points off assists per game this season, second to Paul’s 25.3.
Curry has at least 10 assists in 16 games this season, which has already surpassed his previous career high (15). That is ranked second in the NBA this season, as Paul has recorded at least 10 assists in 25 games.
Curry has the green light
Curry is eighth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 23.0 points per game, with 66 percent of his points coming from jump shots (10-plus feet). He relies heavily on his pull-up jumper, taking 10.4 such shots per game, the most in the league. No one averages more made pull-up jumpers (any jump shot outside 10 feet where a player takes at least a dribble before shooting) this season than Curry (4.2).
Warriors’ offense sputters without Curry
With Curry on the bench, the Warriors are 23.3 points worse on offense per 100 possessions, which is the highest differential in the league (minimum 500 minutes played).
Golden State's effective field goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal, is 11 percentage points better with Curry on the floor than when he is on the bench.