Thank goodness the distracting record chase is over
Ok, maybe he is God. He did just knock Jesus off the top spot, after all...
Rootin' Tootin' good stuff there EA.
So there's naturally going to be lots of talk about how long (if ever) it will take for someone to break Steph's eventual 3 point record whenever it might be that he retires.
I'm of the camp that someone will eventually break it considering the sheer volume that new kids in the league are shooting it. However, I think the better record for comparing Curry's dominance from distance against those from eras to come will be the number of seasons leading the league in 3s.
Curry is currently on track for this to be his 7th season leading the league in 3s. No other player has more than 3 such seasons, with Harden being the only active player. I like this stat because it does a better job of showing how good a player was in comparison to the competition.
I would say it's quite likely Curry will end his career with ~10 seasons leading the league in 3s made. Is that record ever going to be touched, even if someone else eventually passes him in total made? I think it's highly unlikely.
Some random three-pointer stats:
* The league is shooting 34.8 3P%. Dubs are 5th overall at 36.5 3P%.
* Oubre is 5th in the league in 3PM shooting it at 38.8 3P% (!!)
* J. Harris, M. Conley, J. Valančiūnas, L. Kennard, G. Williams lead the league in 3P% with all of them over 45 3P%
* Out of the top 15 in 3PA per game, 10 are shooting below league average (34.8 3P%). The biggest offenders are: D. Lillard (9.6 3PA; 29.7 3P%), J. Clarkson (8.9 3PA; 29.9 3P%); P. George (8.4 3PA; 31.8 3P%). For comparison, fan-fave Brad W. is shooting 28.6 3P%.
* Top 3P% on GSW: GP2 (41.7 3P%; 36 3PA), Chiozza (40.9 3P%; 22 3PA), Wiggs (40.8 3P%; 147 3PA), Otto (40.2 3P%; 97 3PA), Beli (40 3P%; 70 3PA), Steph (39.9 3P%; 363 3PA)
There was a play earlier in the game where Damion passed up a wide open 3 and the Warriors ended up getting a horrible shot. Afterward Kerr was demonstratively talking to Damion, probably saying something like "I can't play you if you're not taking that shot". I bet Kerr felt the leadership opportunity to talk to give positive feedback after Damion took (and made) this one, especially coupled with the reality of limited minutes available for Damion and how Damion's been struggling with his shot (His right thumb seems all taped up, maybe that's got something to do with it?). I'm always really impressed by Kerr's leadership.
I also loved how Jordan Poole (again) showed his maturation by drawing the defender and moving the ball, instead of just shooting the ball. It would have been a decent shot against the closing defender, but giving it up for Dray to find a great shot was the right decision. Really great to see. Also continually loving how willingly he takes Draymond's feedback. Especially after they had a heated bench argument a few weeks ago, it really shows the strength of their relationship and Jordan's maturity.
On the last play, Dray completely had Randle beat, somebody needed to rotate. If I'm Thibs, I'm still fining the rookie for leaving Steph, tho.
Great job as usual.
I think I speak for many of us who are pining for a breakdown of JFK’s play, good and bad, in the last two games.
What a special night. Loved seeing all the love in the air.
Question: how many plays are needed to cover most of possessions? Eg if one counts all variations of head tap as head tap, all variations of klay play as klay play, etc. Curious how many overarching plays the rookies need to learn to get caught up, and how to balance complexity with making sure you're not so easy to scout.
My unsubstantiated guess is that maybe 25% is transition (off of turnovers, and some missed baskets). 5% ATO, and maybe 10-15% per play type for the remaining 70%, meaning about 4-5 set play types to cover most of the set defensive plays. Or maybe there's a lot more improvisations?
Hilarious that Wiggs got the assist. I'm sure Dray wanted that one, but it actually makes Wiggs more a part of the Warriors history and I see that as a positive. For the Warriors to continue their march through history, guys like Wiggs, Poole, Wiseman, JK, need to have their own moments. We can't go black and white Turner Classic Movies and expect 5 more years of Curry-Klay-Dray highlights. It's a new chapter with new characters and the story doesn't move forward without them.
That was a Hollywood production. Peter Guber must be smiling like the Cheshire Cat.