Last year, while facing elimination in a rowdy road Game 7 against the Houston Rockets, Stephen Curry went to a move that “Clutch City” couldn’t stop.
This move is known as the “relocation three-pointer” and Jared Dubin of Uproxx detailed the shock and awe of how it is especially deadly under Curry’s employ.
I watched video of all 2,155 shots Curry has taken from beyond the arc since the beginning of the 2016-17 season in order to track his percentages on relocation threes, and the findings were extraordinary. During that time, Curry has connected on a ridiculous 50.7 percent of relocation threes during the regular season, and even more ridiculous 69.7 percent during the postseason (albeit on only 33 attempts), giving him an absurd 54.1 percent overall.
That means the average relocation three-point attempt by Curry has been worth nearly four-tenths of a point more per shot (1.62) than the average attempt by an NBA player inside the restricted area (1.24). The Warriors appear to have noticed the incredible value of these attempts, and their big men and wings are consistently on the lookout for Curry when he passes and relocates to another area of the floor. Relocation shots have made up an increasingly higher percentage of Curry’s threes during this time, to the point that they have accounted for more than 11 percent of his three-point attempts so far this season.
TLDR: That move in the greatest shooter of all time’s hands is like the basketball equivalent of Ryu’s “Hadouken” technique in Street Fighter.
The article is a must-read if you admire Curry’s shooting brilliance and the Warriors’ pristine ball-movement. Also, it’s fun just to watch the defense’s sunken shoulders when they get smacked with it. #LONGLIVETHESPLASH