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Stephen Curry has such basketball acumen that it’s worth noting that he only has two years of NBA experience. His game is still growing and as good as a player that he is now, he is only going to get better. Curry discussed his 2010-11 season in the video below:
After earning runner-up honors for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award for the 2009-10 season, Curry spent his summer playing with the World Championship U.S. National Team. He played a key role off the bench in the team’s march to a gold medal and he came into training camp with a full head of steam. As noted in the video above, Curry avoided the sophomore slump and averaged 18.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds in his second season, all while continuing to enhance his skills as an NBA point guard.
Playing alongside Monta Ellis, Curry was part of the most productive backcourt in the NBA in terms of combined points, rebounds, assists and steals. In addition, he set a Warriors franchise record by shooting an NBA-leading 93.4 percent from the free throw line and ranked third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2 percent). To put those numbers into context, no other player in the history of the NBA has shot at least 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line in his first two NBA seasons. As a matter of fact, only four other active players (Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic) have ever achieved those numbers in back-to-back seasons.
Check out some more facts and figures from Curry's 2010-11 campaign:
NOTES & NUMBERS
Among NBA leaders, ranked 1st in free throw percentage (.934), 3rd
in three-point percentage (.442), 15th in steals (1.47), 21st in assists (5.8) and
26th in scoring (18.6)
Free throw percentage of 93.4% (212-227 FT) established new
Warriors single-season record, surpassing previous mark of 92.4%
set by Rick Barry in 1977-78
For the second consecutive season, shot better than 45% from the field, 40% from three-point
range and 85% from the line, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in his first two NBA
Among all second-year players, ranked 1st in scoring, 1st in steals, 1st in free throw percentage, 1st
in three-point percentage, 2nd in assists and third in field goal percentage
33 points and career-high 11 rebounds at Minnesota (2/27)
23 points and season-high 13 assists vs. Oklahoma City (2/13)
Season-high 39 points & career-high 14 field goals (on 20 FGA) at Oklahoma City (12/5)
20-or-more points 35 times, including seven 30-plus performances
10-or-more assists six times...Five double-doubles (one point/rebound)
Won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2011 in Los Angeles, completing the obstacle course in 28.2
seconds...Became the first Warriors player to participate in the Skills Challenge after being voted into competition by fans
Registered 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 28 minutes as a member of the Sophomore squade in the T-Mobile Rookie
Challenge at NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles
Access more season recaps of individual players at the top of the blog archive on the right, and for the complete story of the 2010-11 Warriors, read the Season In Review.
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