Curry spices thing up with dazzling three-point prowess

Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:51pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blessed with one of the purest shooting strokes in the National Basketball Association, Stephen Curry is on track to end his career as one of the best three-point shooters ever.

A strong work ethic has helped the Golden State Warriors point guard hone his unique skills and at the age of 26 has scaled heights reached by very few with his astonishing ability to pour in three-pointers.

Curry is competing in his fifth season in the league and has a career average of 43.5 percent from beyond the arc -- the third-best since the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979.

Only Steve Kerr (45.4), who is Golden State's head coach, and Hubert Davis (44.1) are ahead of him.

"What makes Steph so special is his ability to handle the ball before he takes a shot," Kerr told Reuters before the league-leading Warriors suffered a shock 115-105 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

"Most three-point shooters are guys like me who just stand still and shoot when they're open, but he's handling the ball, running the offense, creating offense for others and then all of a sudden pulling up off the dribble and shooting from 25 feet.

"Very few people in the world can do that. He has maybe the best hand-eye coordination of anyone."

Asked where he thought Curry stacked up among the best three-point scorers of all time, Kerr replied: "It's hard to put those lists together. It goes way beyond percentages because the degree of difficulty and volume of shots has to be factored in.   Continued...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the second half at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports