Stephen Curry established himself as the top shooter in the NBA last season, breaking Ray Allen’s record for most three-pointers made in a season. But that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how good the Golden State Warrior is with the ball in his hands.
Many one and two-guards that can fire from deep do that and only that. Stand and shoot. While their stroke may be pure, they’re effectively shut down as long as someone’s playing them aggressively. If the Steve Novaks and Anthony Morrows of the NBA were able to create their own shots rather than simply catch and shoot, they’d be as impossible to guard as, well, Steph Curry.
Not only can Curry handle the rock, he excels at it. Great ball handling gives him that tiny bit of separation he needs to get his shot off. Once he does, chalk up three more points for Golden State.
Here are his five favorite and most effective ways of creating space. Shooting doesn’t count as a move because a player scores rather than moves. Otherwise, his three-pointer would be ranked first, second, third, fourth and maybe fifth if he were having a good day.
From the YouTube-worthy ankle-breakers to the simple step backs, Curry has an arsenal at his disposal. You'll be directed to certain parts of each video to see the specific move, but if you're reading this in the first place you probably have the spare time to do so.