Are Stephen Curry and Tyler Hansbrough the Next J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison?
A few years ago, the entire nation was mystified by the national player of the year race. With every three that J.J. Redick hit, Adam Morrison would counter with a heroic performance. It was Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, where every punch thrown would be matched by a seemingly magical performance.
With Redick and Morrison's vast success at the college level came the murmurs that neither would be able to succeed on the NBA level due to their lack of physical ability when matched against the world's best athletes.
Those murmurs came true, and thus far, neither Redick or Morrison have been able to not only make their mark on the NBA game, but rather, crack each of their team's normal rotation. Their legendary race to the Wooden award now seems like ancient history.
With Tyler Hansbrough and Stephen Curry dominating the individual headlines of college basketball, the question has to be asked, will either of them make their own mark on the NBA.
In order to effectively answer this, one must take into account not only their college statistics, performances and accolades, but also, project their potential to the NBA game which is filled with the most athletic and versatile players in the world.
Stephen Curry's college career has been astounding. With virtually no help, Stephen Curry was able to individually carry his team within one shot of the final four, losing to the eventual national champion Kansas Jayhawks by two.
His heroics were unquestionable, as he rallied Davidson from 18 down to beat Georgetown, a top Big East team with NBA caliber toughness.
What was most impressive was his abuse of Wisconsin's Michael Flowers, who was considered the best perimeter on-ball defender in the country. Curry proceed to drop 33 against Flowers on 50 percent shooting en route to the elite eight.
Stephen Curry's shooting ability is well documented. He is as pure a shooter as there has been in college basketball in the last decade, if ever. He has the rare ability to not only catch and shoot, but to consistently shoot off balance in any area of the court.
He boasts a 38.9 percent shooting average from behind the arc, and has also shown his ability to hit mid range jumpers with a forward's hand in his face. However, as Redick has recently shown, pure shooting touch is not enough to buy minutes on the NBA level.
This year, Steph continues to light up the court, averaging over 29 PPG while increasing his assist total to 6.5 through his transition to PG. His Assist-to-turnover ratio is just above 2:1, and with multiple defenders constantly switching on him, he is now able to strike fear into opposing defenses with his passing abilities.
Defensively, Curry is considered to be a liability when faced against bigger, more athletic guards. He is considered to lack the lateral quickness needed in order to keep up with quicker and more powerful guards.
However, due to his importance within the Davidson offensive game plan, his defensive ability is downplayed in order to avoid foul trouble. He averages three SPG, and is able to control the offensive output of the opposing guards through his basketball IQ alone.
Hansbrough's style is to Curry's as George Foreman's was to Ali. He is not a finesse player, he is not pretty, but he still gets the job done. His strength has allowed him to individually dominate games on the offensive boards. He has an incredibly high motor, and his game is built around constant effort and brute strength.
Hansbrough is able to control both ends of the court with his ruthless skill in the paint. His turn around hook shot that consistently draws and-1 calls looks miserable, but is amazingly consistent. He has averaged 22.6 and 21.8 PPG respectively over the last season and a half, doing so shooting over 50 percent from the field.
One of the most dangerous scoring options Hansbrough possesses is from the charity stripe, where he shoots over 80 percent.
Due to his various injuries this year, his rebounding totals have dropped. He averaged 10.2 boards last year, while averaging only 7.8 in reduced minutes this year. Over the past two years, almost 40 percent of his rebounds have come on the offensive end, showing his dominance on the offensive glass.
However, on the NBA level, his rebounding totals against larger and more athletic competition will undoubtedly drop, producing many of the doubts to his NBA ready game.
Hansbrough's most endearing quality to NBA teams is his hustle. He comes off as a less athletic, but more refined Joakim Noah. He is valuable to any NBA team in the secondary break, as he will be able to beat slower and less motivated NBA forwards down the court, while already being accustomed to the secondary break style of North Carolina.
Overall, Stephen Curry and Tyler Hansbrough cannot draw direct comparisons to the style of J.J. Redick Or Adam Morrison. Stephen Curry's skill set is far more vast than the sharp shooting game of J.J. Redick, while Hansbrough's game is built on toughness rather than the skill and finesse games of either Redick or Morrison.
But will either of them be able to succeed on basketball's highest level?
Stephen Curry will be a valuable asset to any team he joins. If he is placed in a well fitting system, he will be an immediate weapon off of the bench.
As his game continues to develop, he will eventually be able to handle full time point guard duties, exceeding any expectations he had coming into his junior year at Davidson.
Furthermore, if put into a fast break system, such as Mike D'antoni's or Don Nelson's, he will be able to have numerous open looks without the need to create his own shot, which right now is his biggest issue.
As he grows stronger, Stephen will learn how to use his basketball IQ in order to create his own opportunities. Stephen Curry will be a very good sixth or seventh man at the least, but with a little luck, he has the potential to one day become a star.
Hansbrough, however, has a less optimistic future. He will be part of any team's rotation, but it does not look likely that he will consistently crack the starting five of any team he is placed on. His game is built on power, power over smaller and weaker college competition.
In the NBA, he will not be able to dominate the offensive glass or consistently draw fouls.
His mid range shooting game is unrefined, and his power baby hook that he reverts to so much at UNC will not be able to consistently fall or draw fouls. His high motor will buy him minutes and his great attitude will put him in the coaches good graces, but his game is too rudimentary for it to work against stronger and more athletic NBA competition.
No matter what happens to either of these players in the NBA, their games are a gift to any college basketball fan. All we can do now is enjoy the time they have left at Davidson and UNC, hope for some march heroics, and wait to see if our predictions are correct.
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