The largest problem of Steve Kerr’s teaching profession up to now? Determining a option to describe Stephen Curry’s greatness.
Within the Warriors’ 107-96 win over the 76ers on Monday night time, the Golden State guard continued what has been one of the vital spectacular offensive runs in NBA historical past, scoring 49 factors on 14-of-28 capturing (10-of-17 from past the arc). Curry has averaged 40.8 factors in his previous 10 video games with 54.9-50.3-90.9 capturing splits on discipline targets, 3-pointers and free throws.
“I’ve seen Kobe Bryant early in his profession, had a stretch the place he went nuts,” Kerr mentioned. “Clearly, Michael Jordan had some stretches the place he simply scored like loopy, however clearly no person’s ever shot the ball like this within the historical past of the sport. Even by Steph’s personal lofty requirements, that is above and past.”
It is troublesome to place into phrases how sensible the two-time NBA MVP has been this month, so we’ll simply let the numbers do the speaking.
Curry has hit 72 3-pointers in his previous 10 video games, essentially the most triples over a 10-game stretch in league historical past. To place that in perspective, Suns guard Chris Paul has made 73 3-pointers this season.
The seven-time All-Star is as much as 260 complete 3-point discipline targets, the most ever via a participant’s first 50 video games of a season.
With one more 40-point outing in April, Curry has passed Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan for essentially the most 40-point video games in a single month (5) by a participant at age 33 or older. (Curry turned 33 years outdated on March 14.)
He’s additionally the primary participant to common 40 factors per recreation on 50 p.c capturing via 10 video games in a month since the great Wilt Chamberlain hit these thresholds in March 1963.
Golden State’s victory marked the sixth time this season that Curry has drained 10 or extra 3-pointers and the twenty first time in his profession.
Curry’s lead over the remainder of the sphere on that record is preposterous, as the one different participant in NBA historical past who has even 5 such video games is Curry’s “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson.
Video games with 10+ threes in NBA historical past:
21 — Steph Curry in his profession
6 — Steph Curry this season
No different participant has greater than 5 of their profession. pic.twitter.com/MeWpIAhe7q
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 20, 2021
After Monday’s slate of video games, Curry discovered himself atop the league’s particular person scoring record with a median of 31.4 factors per recreation, simply forward of Wizards guard Bradley Beal (31.1). Curry’s April run has boosted his season scoring common greater than two full factors.
Heading into the ultimate stretch of the 2020-21 marketing campaign, Curry is in place to seize the second scoring title of his profession. He final led the NBA in factors per recreation through the 2015-16 season when he grew to become the primary unanimous NBA MVP award winner.