The shooting run that Steph Curry is on is not only unprecedented, but it’s awfully fun to watch. Even if he dropped 49 on your Sixers, it’s always fascinating to witness greatness. At least it should be.
In his last five games, Curry is shooting 55.4% – from beyond the three-point arc! He’s 46-for-83 after hitting 10-of-17 to rally the Warriors past the Sixers on Monday.
Nobody knows the jump shot better than Herb Magee, the legendary Textile/Philadelphia/Jefferson University coach who has seen all the greats.
“He’s one of a kind. You won’t find anybody like him,” said Magee, 79. “Everybody knows he’s shooting threes from all over the place and still they can’t guard him. He’s on a string right now where he can’t miss.”
That’s the other thing, many of Curry’s shots are closer to the halfcourt line than the three-point stripe. Curry is, as Magee said, virtually unguardable right now.
“The No. 1 thing about him is, in my opinion, he has absolutely impeccable, perfect form when he shoots the ball,” said Magee, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame since 2011. “It comes out of his hands the same way every time with the same rotation. That just comes from hours and hours of practice.”
Curry is averaging 40.0 points over his last 11 games to take over the NBA scoring lead from Bradley Beal. (Curry’s Warriors face Beal and the Wizards on Wednesday). If the 33-year-old Curry holds the lead over the final four weeks, he’ll become the oldest scoring champ since Michael Jordan (35) in 1997-98.
When put on the spot for his favorite shooters, Magee quickly mentioned historical players like Sam Jones, Bill Sharman, George “The Bird” Yardley, and contemporaries such as Seth Curry, Donovan Mitchell, and Devin Booker.
“But there’s never been anybody like Steph Curry,” Magee said. “The only thing you can do is sit back and enjoy him … and wish that he was on your team.”
Most points by the game’s legends against the Sixers, regular season or playoffs:
Statistics through Monday. Source: Inquirer research, Basketball-Reference.com.