Stephen Curry's Shooting Ability Allows the Rest of His Game To Grow

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IMarch 17, 2010

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There is no question Stephen Curry inherited his amazing shooting ability from his father Dell, who was quite an accomplished NBA marksman himself, but the younger Curry's game is more diverse than Dell's ever was.

Dell was a great shooter, but his game was limited to that aspect, as he was poor in just about every other facet of the game, especially ball-handling and defense, which made his presence on the court a liability.

The fact he was able to carve a long career out of his single-natured game is not a new phenomenon, and there are plenty of players who have existed in the NBA because of a singular talent.

But there is an interesting insight on this matter, because even though Stephen did inherit his father's shooting ability, he has used it to develop other parts of his game instead of resting on the laurels of his shot.

This is nothing new either, because all of today's superstars in the NBA found themselves in much the same situation when they first entered the league.

LeBron James, for instance, is one of the most physically dominating players to enter the league in quite some time, and for the first part of his career, that aspect made him a star.

James had talent of course, but he was lacking in the fundamental areas of the game, and his raw power and athleticism allowed him to exist as a top tier player when his skills had yet to match his game.

James has advanced in most of the fundamental areas of the game, and he is still the most athletic player in the league, and the combination of the two has made him the NBA's most complete player.

Curry is not the same player as James, but some similarities are found in their situations, because Curry at first existed on the strength and reputation of his shooting skills alone.

Few observers took the time to pay attention to Curry's determination to improve his overall game because they couldn't get past the beauty and the form of his jump shot.

The attention is merited, as numerous former players such as Mark Jackson have said that Curry had the best looking jump shot he has ever seen, and this was when Curry was 13-years-old.

No one noticed when Curry made the switch to point guard in his junior year at Davidson because he and his coach felt Curry's true worth as a professional would lie at that position.

Even after averaging six assists per game in his first collegiate year playing as the lead guard, all NBA analysts could ever talk about was Curry's ability to put the ball in the basket.

Their oversights led them to the conclusion Curry would be a marginal pro at best, and he would have trouble getting his shot off against seasoned NBA players; plus, he was much too small to play the shooting guard position in the NBA.

But Curry had no intentions of being a shooting guard, and Golden State, the team which drafted him, did pay attention to his potential as a playmaker and future star.

So many people were surprised when Curry showed an aptitude for the position, and he has consistently improved in each area of his game, from defense to his decision making.

His size has not made him a liability, and his ball-handling skills are on par with any lead guard in the league; plus, he still has the benefits of that wonderful jumper, which may propel him to amazing heights.

The quick release on his jumper makes the shot impossible to block, and his ability to get to the rim means opposing teams have difficult decisions to make when approaching Curry on defense.

Either concede the thirty-foot bomb, or watch Curry go around you to create a shot at the rim or a scoring opportunity for one of his teammates.

Neither solution is promising, and it is this dynamic which may pave Curry's road to future stardom, because his ability to excel in one area of his game has allowed him to focus intently on other parts of his game.

His dedication to learning the point guard position and its nuances has already made Curry one of the league's best at his position, and combined with his pretty jump shot, there is a chance he could ascend to the top.