New York Knicks 2009 NBA Draft Player Preview: Stephen Curry
(This is second player preview for the Knicks eight overall pick. Today, I will profile Davidson's sharpshooting point guard, Stephen Curry.)
No collegiate basketball player has been talked about and scrutinized more over the past two seasons than Davidson's Stephen Curry.
He was known as former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry's son until the 2008 NCAA Tournament—as a sophomore, he became a national collegiate superstar by leading Davidson within a missed three-pointer of the Final Four.
Since that performance, Curry has been put under the big microscope of the NBA. Standing at 6'3" and weighing a light 181 lbs, Curry was said to be too small to play shooting guard in the NBA.
Knowing this was going to effect his NBA future—he asked Davidson's coach if he could play point guard going into his junior season. Curry responded with an excellent season.
He still led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game, but he also dished out an impressive 5.6 assists per game, proving he could definitely get the ball to his teammates.
His shooting percentages dropped a little bit, but he carried an even bigger burden and he didn't skip a beat.
Curry's best attribute, as we have already discussed, is his scoring ability. Like his father, he is a dead-eye shooter with infinite range and a lightning quick release. He is also adept at getting to the free-throw line, where he is almost automatic.
Put these together with his ability to hit big shots in the clutch, you can see why he scored so many points in college.
Outside of his scoring he has other attributes that will make him successful on the NBA level. His basketball IQ is excellent.I am sure being the son of a NBA player helped this, but Curry is as smart as they come on the floor. Because of this he is also an excellent passer.
Not everything is great about Curry.
He lacks elite athleticism at the point guard position, which could make defending the Chris Paul's of the world difficult. He does get steals, but that's mostly because of his ability to anticipate plays and play the passing lanes.
He is a bit of a tweener, since he only played point guard for one season at Davidson, which also means it wasn't against elite competition. He also isn't quick or strong, and he will have to add some weight to his frame in order to take the pounding NBA point guards take.
Curry's stock has risen over the past few weeks. His impressive showing at the NBA Combine has him projected to go anywhere from third overall all the way to tenth.
This hurts the Knicks chances of him sliding to eighth, but if he does he's the pick. Mike D'Antoni requires his point guards to be good shooters, and Curry is easily the best shooter in the entire draft.
The fact he proved he could play point guard also makes him a fit for what the Knicks need.
One more thing before I close—Curry is a close friend of LeBron James, and with 2010 approaching the Knicks adding Curry might enhance the chance "King James" comes to New York.
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