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Flirting with Steph Curry

"Understanding how to effectively navigate ball screen action is one of the most critical functions for a lead guard in the NBA. In just his second year in the league, Golden State's Stephen Curry has demonstrated he grasps both the fundamental keys of ball screen play, and he has also shown a comprehension of advanced concepts that will give him an advantage as he continues to mature and develop." "Curry has always used a great change of pace to throw off defenders. Even as a player at Davidson, Curry was masterful at using screens and exploding off of them, dropping his hips to gain leverage, and propel toward a goal. He understands when to slow, and when to go – and it is no more apparent than when he is utilizing a screen. Rarely does he loaf off of screens, instead using them as a chance to penetrate the defense and force it to account for him. This gives him more scoring opportunities and it open ups chances for his teammates to get involved. This is a fundamental skill of ball screen play that some pros never quite seem to understand."

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