Analysing Curry: Why Steph Curry is the Best Player in the NBA Today

steph-curryThroughout the history of the NBA, there have been times where discussions about the top player could rise to interesting debates between fans. Arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant and his scoring prowess in his prime, against the playmaking abilities of Steve Nash for example.

There have been other times where one player stands so far above their competition that it isn’t even up for debate.

Michael Jordan was one such player, and in recent years Lebron James could be argued to be in the same category. However, over the past 2 seasons, that player has been Steph Curry.

His entertaining style of play, amazing efficiency, and the fact that his team the Golden State Warriors are racking up wins at a furious pace have led to Curry becoming the face of the NBA.

After today’s win against the Orlando Magic, the Warriors record has improved to 56 wins and 6 losses, and Curry continues to move further and further ahead as the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. He piled up another 41 points – his 12th 40+ point performance this season, and another 7 three pointers – his 18th game where he made 7 or more threes.

He has now hit an amazing 301 three pointers this season, making him the first ever player to eclipse the 300-mark, and there are still 20 games to go.

The most threes ever made in a single season by someone not named ‘Steph Curry’ was a 269 mark, set by Ray Allen 10 years ago in the 2005-06 season. With 20 games left, if Curry continues at his current pace of over 5 makes per game he will top 400 threes by the end of the season. Unbelievable.

Curry is the most efficient player in the NBA. His ‘True Shooting %’ is top in the NBA at 67.8% this season (true shooting percentage takes into account the value of free throws, 2 point and 3 point baskets to give a combined figure that gives an accurate representation of how efficient a player is on offense).

 

Steph Curry Career Stats
Steph Curry Career Stats (from Basketball-Reference.com)

Curry leads the NBA in scoring at 30.5 ppg, to go with his excellent all round numbers: 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.1 steals. He also leads the NBA in Win-Shares (the number of wins attributable to a player), Box-score Plus-Minus (how many points his team leads by while he’s on the court), he’s 6th in steals, 11th in assists, 2nd in free throw percentage at 0.1% behind Jamal Crawford at 90.8%. He does all this while not even being in the top 30 in the NBA in minutes per game – due largely to the fact that when he plays at his best games quickly turn into blowouts.

Given that Curry is only 27 years old and still improving as a player, it will be interesting to see if he can somehow one-up his amazing numbers next season.

In closing, check out his showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant which will go down as a classic!

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