Stephen Curry has begun the 2018-2019 season with a bang. Averaging 33.7 points a game on an absurd 73.2% True Shooting, he’s been shooting with a hot hand and zero conscience. If he keeps it up, there’s a good chance he will meet or even eclipse his performance in 2015-2016, when he won MVP unanimously.
It seems that this year, Curry is more willing to just shoot the damn ball. It’s exciting as hell, puts him in a rhythm, and opens up the offense. Here are a few unbelievable statistics Curry could achieve this year.
50% from three-point range
This is impossible, right? But Stephen Curry is shooting 52.7% from long range so far this season, despite wild difficulty and high volume. Staying above 50% at Curry’s volume would be one of the greatest feats in NBA history. I don’t think it’s anywhere near likely, but it’s in the realm of possibility. If he does, he’ll almost assuredly have the first 50-50-90 season in history.
A point per minute
It’s well known that Curry doesn’t play as many minutes as other stars, mostly because of Steve Kerr’s coaching philosophy and the Warriors blowing out their opponents. Right now, Curry has 202 points in 208 minutes. If he keeps throwing up shots, a point per minute, an unheard of rate, is doable.
Highest True Shooting percentage of all time
True Shooting percentage is a statistic that describes a player’s efficiency by incorporating field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throws. The all-time leader is Tyson Chandler, who had a 70.8% TS in 2011, almost entirely on layups and dunks. Curry sits at 73.1% right now, and given the bonus of hitting threes, could stay up there.
500 threes in a season
Curry has hit 39 threes in six games, which prorates to 533 in a single season. He holds the record for most threes in a season with 402, and nobody else has ever topped 276 (and that’s Klay Thompson). Hitting more than six threes in a game for an entire season is just plain wild.
This regular season, Steve Kerr’s strategy to stave off boredom and sluggishness features unleashing Curry’s full offensive potential. Putting him out there with no other scorers encourages Curry to shoot without hesitation and puts him in a rhythm that few others can match. There is no other experience like watching Stephen Curry go off.
Which is most likely?
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50% on threes
A point per minute
Highest TS% ever
500 threes in the season