Steph Curry looking to light it up again
The Golden State Warriors meet the Los Angeles Lakers for their second of two exhibition games in China on Friday. If Stephen Curry's performances in the preseason to this point are any indication, he'll be dropping treys all night long.
So far, Steph has shot nine out of 25 from beyond the three-point line in just 100 minutes of action. In other words, he's hoisting them up. Last year Curry set the record for threes made in a season with 272—erasing Ray Allen's previous high-water mark of 269, set during the 2005-06 season.
So what about this season? If you extrapolate Curry's preseason numbers to his 38.2 minutes per game last year over a full 82-game season, you wind up with 282 made threes on 783 attempts. That's not exactly a high degree of accuracy, but it does break his own record, and by a lot. Then again, if he's shooting .453 like he did last season, he won't need as many attempts, right?
Update: The Warriors shelled the Lakers Friday, 115-89, blowing it wide open in the fourth. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 25 points, including five of six from beyond the arc. Maybe Thompson will be the one to nab the three-point record this year.
A handful of preseason games are hardly a good indicator. It doesn't take into account the real competition or the grueling nature of the season itself, especially when you consider Curry's history with ankle injuries. As for 82 regular-season games, when's the last time that happened?
The answer is never. Steph has played an average of 64.5 games over his four years in the league. He played 80 games his rookie season and managed 78 last year. During the 2011-12 season, he played just 26 games.
Okay, so Stephen Curry is not known as your most durable player in the league. He's still awesome, right? And if he's healthy he'll score plenty.
One other issue to contend with when it comes to breaking records, however: Andre Iguodala is now on the squad, and he'll be putting the ball up now and then. Iggy replaces Jarrett Jack as a three-point threat and, in fact, launched almost 100 more long balls last season than Jack.
One can argue that Iguodala will have a different role this year than in season's past and, in fact, that there will have to be a team-concept adjustment across the board. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors had a dream season last year—advancing all the way to the Western Conference Semifinal before falling to the San Antonio Spurs.
This time around, Mark Jackson will be looking to take it to the next level. That means sharing the ball and playing for the good of all. Then again, when Stephen Curry starts lighting it up it's a beautiful thing. Let the season roll and enjoy.