Keep the confetti.
Steph Curry is simply not the best shooter ever.
It has nothing to do with not breaking the three-point record in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Instead of being crowned in front of a national television audience, Curry has turned into a skunk for all to see.
Curry, the star guard of the Golden State Warriors, shot a tremendous 3 of 14 from behind the arc in a defeat against the 76ers. Overall, she wasn’t suited to frame a 6 out of 20 night of shooting, one of the 10 worst shooting performances in her career.
Curry’s coronation will require more than just three blank on a stat sheet.
In fact, Curry could make a million more three-pointers in his NBA career. However, it would be difficult for some to consider Curry the greatest shooter ever.
Curry needs seven more long-range attempts to overtake Ray Allen and become the NBA’s three-point king. Easily, this will happen in the next game or two.
The fact that it still remainss is that through the flurry of three, Curry doesn’t have a signature basket, a three-in-one clutch at a big point. Go ahead and think about it. All the greats have that moment where you thought someone was really cool.
No wonder honest NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins tweeted this after Curry’s poor performance: “Steph has Game 7 syndrome !! When everyone is waiting for a great moment, he never meets it. “
In Curry’s career, he is 0 of 9 in the playoffs on shots to take the lead in the last 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or in overtime, according to the Basketball Reference.
These are facts, not feelings.
It seems nearly impossible that Curry could take circus shots and three from the logo, but never nail that much-needed bucket in a moment of friction.
Some might say it’s fussiness. It is for sure. And we should be picky when you want to crown someone the greatest of all. That resume needs to be tight, double-checked to make sure a person is truly worthy.
It’s not the case.
Last season, for example, Curry was nowhere to be found when his team needed him most to try to make it into the playoffs during the play-in tournament. The Warriors lost both games, including home to the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime, to be officially eliminated.
This season, in a rematch in San Francisco, Curry went 0 for 6 in the fourth quarter and OT. He lost two great three-point attempts at the end of the game in Memphis that gave the Warriors their first defeat this season.
In the last finals appearance for the Warriors against the Toronto Raptors in 2019, Curry had a chance to win the game for GS and force a Game 7, but missed an open look with less than 10 seconds left.
Videos of his huge failings are all over the internet. You can’t miss them, unless you’re Curry.
And as good as Curry is, most would prefer Allen or Reggie Miller to shoot in a high pressure situation. Curry will beat Allen’s mark in about 500 fewer Games. It sounds remarkable. It really isn’t. Allen, playing in a different era in the NBA, averaged fewer than six triples per game. Curry, who helped usher in the “let-it-fly” era in the Association, shoots about twice as much as Allen.
When people talk about it, they’ve never seen a shooter like Curry, it’s a reach, a hyperbole. Curry hit the 50-40-90 range. This means shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line in a single season. Curry did it once in his career.
It’s not as rare as people will have you believe. Kyrie Irving did it last season. Kevin Durant did it once. Larry Bird did it twice. And Steve Nash, consecutive NBA MVP, has done so four times in his career.
Easily, Curry is an all-time great, but not the greatest shooter of all time. To have that title, you have to be the clutch too. This is simply something Staph hasn’t nailed down yet.