You already knew that Stephen Curry was an amazing shooter. And you probably already knew that he’s an outstanding finisher at the rim, especially when you account for his free throw shooting.
But what might come as a surprise is that when you stretch Curry out into the depths of the court - the times when Bob Fitzgerald yells, “He shot it from Piedmont!” - Curry is just as effective as directly under the hoop.
Last year, the statistically brilliant folks at Nylon Calculus broke down Curry’s shots from 2011-2016. Accounting for free throws, Curry averaged 1.36 points per shot from 0-3 feet.
But here’s the crazy part: From 24-28 feet, Curry averaged an even better 1.37 points per shot. And it gets even crazier! From 28-30 feet (the deep, deep triples), Curry averaged 1.35 points per shot.
In other words, Curry is almost identically efficient when shooting from 28-30 feet as he is from 0-3 feet. That is simply unreal.
And if you need context for how good those numbers are, well . . . the Golden State Warriors have the top offense in the league, and they average 1.14 points per possession (though that accounts for turnovers and offensive rebounds, not just shots). The median offense in the league this year averages 1.05 points per possession.
So, yeah. The next time someone chides Curry for pulling up from six feet beyond the arc, and calls it a bad shot, just let them know that it’s as efficient for him as a layup.
He really is unreal.