He looks like a fifteen year old, but plays with the maturity of 10 year NBA vet. Stephen Curry took the nation on a ride that nobody will forget, while leading little known Cinderella story team, the Davidson Wildcats, to the Elite Eight in March 2008. They ended up losing to eventual National Champion Kansas Jayhawks. After his Junior year ended he was left with a tough decision, go pro or make one more attempt at another magical run in the NCAA tournament. He asked for advice from just about everyone ranging from his father, Dell, to LeBron James. A couple of months ago he decided that he was ready for the next level. I don't know what he was waiting for or what took him so long.
Curry has everything you look for in a an NBA player and has the abilities of a All-Star in the league. His most obvious talent is his SHOOTING, anyone who follows college basketball has known this since he was a freshman at Davidson. No one doubted his ability to shoot the ball. Even though he is 6-2 and about 185 lbs (soaking wet), he has unlimited range. I was watching the Davidson/St. Mary's game this year and he was bringing up the ball he took about four dribbles past half court and launched a bomb, the result, nothing but net. The announcer is like, you have to get out on him, I looked at my brother and said, "Is this announcer high, I know Steph is a great shooter, but he was like 40 feet from the basket, and the announcer is criticizing the defense, you've got to be kidding me." He can shoot from anywhere and has seen every kind of defense, and I mean any kind. At one point this year a team decided they were going to double team him the whole game and play 4 on 3, that coach's team got killed but like 30 points. In the NBA he won't get that kind of attention because the other players on his team will be too good.
His next attribute is maturity and leadership. He is so poised on the floor, he is very calm and knows his team needs him to be great for them to have a chance to win. In 2008, like I said before he led a team known by few, to the elite eight. He led them in each of the games of that tournament. He either sparked a comeback by himself, by catching fire in the second half; finding an open teammate when teams doubled him; or daggerizing the opponent with one of his trademark 3 point bombs. He also knows how to carry himself around other players, he has a great idol to model himself after, his father Dell Curry, which will help him with ups and downs of a rigorous NBA season and career. Also, he is very humble, he knows he has a gift and thanks God for that gift and he says he plays for God. Being so young and so talented, but still being greatful and humble for the talent he has been given is a hard thing for someone of his age to do.
Third, SCORING. This is very different from SHOOTING. In his Freshman and Sophomore seasons he was known for his SHOOTING, but he realized that for himself to be able to get some open shots and defenders to back off of him, he needed to work on creating his own shot, off the dribble. As a Freshman and Sophomore, all you really saw was him coming off screens, a lot of them, and squaring up to knock down the shot. As a Junior, he gained confidence to take his defender of the dribble and create not only for himself but for his teammates. He was not afraid to take the ball to the basket, absorb the contact, and make the shot.
Fourth, The Point Guard Position. This year Davidson lost their point guard, so that was another load Stephen Curry was going to have to carry. Not only would he have to score the majority of there points, but now he was going to have to run the offense and create for others. Some thought this might hurt him, tire him out, but it only made him better and more effective. Curry has great court vision, with tremendous passing ability. He understands the game so well, he knows how to get his own shot and how to get his teammates open. In the early part of the season, he struggled, but towards the middle he figured it out. And became a scouts dream, an amazing shooter, who can pass, and pass effectively.
His weakness and it could be a scary one to some teams and that is his strength. He is only about 185 lbs and about as thin a a rail, but that shouldn't scare teams. When he plays he plays bigger and stronger than he looks. Curry can take a hit and finish, now I understand he is not getting fouled by Shaq or Dwight Howard, but those are legit Division 1 NCAA players. Another thing that worries teams is the competition he played against, because of the conference he played in. This is a good point, but the non-conference schedule that Davidson puts together is very good for the most part, with teams such as: Duke, North Carolina, NC State, UCLA, and some others. Even though Davidson did not fair well on the scoreboad against these powerhouses, Stephen did. In fact he played even better, he likes the big stage especially when no one gives him or his team a chance. An example is the 2008 NCAA tournament against Georgetown in the second round, not many people gave David(son) a chance against Goliath (G-Town), but Davidson not only won that game but came back from a pretty large deficit in the second half in the last 10 minutes.
Now, as you can probably tell I like Stephen Curry, but by no means is that influencing my decision on why I think he is going to be a great pro. I might have missed something else that I would like to say about him and his talents, but I think you get the point. Now I know Blake Griffin is going to be the number 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, but if I were the Clippers I would have a hard time passing on a kid, with this kind of talent, humbleness, and maturity. Every team that passes on Stephen Curry is making a BIG mistake, when he played in college everyone and their mother knew to beat Davidson they would have to contain Curry and he still lit up the scoreboard. In the NBA, he will have other players on his team that defenses will have to be aware of. If Curry is able to play one on one with his defender, that is not good for that defense and it is not good for all the other teams in the league.
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