In a miraculous season, Stephen Curry can't help but keep topping himself. Tonight, Oklahoma City was the site of his latest absurdity. After having already tied his personal-best of 11 made three-pointers and eclipsing his own NBA record of 286 triples made in one season (in a span of just 56 games!), he finished off the Thunder in an overtime thriller with this 35+ foot bomb.
HE DID THIS TO WIN A GAME OH MY GOD (via @brewhoop) https://t.co/QzA0u7vVNl https://t.co/v0lwUFwnhN— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) February 28, 2016
If you're a Pelicans' fan, Saturday's incredible shot should have triggered a very specific memory. Remember what Anthony Davis did close to one year ago? February 6th, 2015 to be exact???
That single shot by Davis propelled the Pelicans to victory, but more importantly, was directly responsible for sending New Orleans to the postseason for the first time in four years. Both the Pelicans and Thunder finished the 2014-15 campaign with identical records of 45 wins and 37 losses; however, because the Pelicans owned the tiebreaker by beating the Thunder in 2 of their 3 meetings, they earned the right to get squashed like a bug by the Golden State Warriors.
Despite everything that Davis three-pointer represented, Curry's may deserve more effusive praise. You see, Davis' make was pure luck. Up until he made it, he was 0-8 from that range on the season. Add in the off-balanced, double clutch factor... you get my drift.
On the other hand, everyone has come to expect Steph to make anything he launches, from wherever he stands on the court. Seriously, the league has never witnessed anything like him in it's storied history. Time and again, he has proven his accuracy extends much further out from the three-point line.
Stephen Curry from 30+ feet this season: 11-22 (50%)— Ryan Feldman (@TheRyanFeldman) February 28, 2016
Rest of the NBA from 30+ feet this season entering Sat.: 53-669 (7.9%)
There exist players who wish they could show the same precision from just the free throw line, standing a mere 15 feet away!!
The reactions came in fast and furious and not from just the common crowd. For instance, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took right to twitter.
No way— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) February 28, 2016
Curry is UNREAL!!!!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 28, 2016
@StephenCurry30 needs to stop it man!! He's ridiculous man! Never before seen someone like him in the history of ball!— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 28, 2016
Past Greats chimed in as well.
All I can say... pic.twitter.com/FyufRY9Pbs— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) February 28, 2016
If @StephenCurry30's game winning 3-pointer doesn't prove he's the greatest shooter we've ever seen, I don't know what will!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 28, 2016
By opining the belief that Curry's shot will be considered more famous is not lessening the importance of Davis' magical make. Rather, I've come to the realization of what Steph's shot may represent.
Is he not changing the perception of what was once always considered a bad shot? Canning 50% of his 22 attempts from 30+ feet is not indicative of serendipity in the least. Fasten your seatbelts, NBA, because that's looking more and more like a developing skill with each passing game.
Stephen Curry might be speeding up the evolutionary process of the game faster than anyone who has come before him. He is quickly becoming a reason why we should all hope to have grandkids someday.