NBA Playoffs: Game 3 of Golden State Warriors v. Denver Nuggets Provides Stephen Curry a Chance for Legend

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Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

If you hadn’t taken notice yet, Stephen Curry is the next big thing. He’s the best player not to make an All-Star team this season, and likely in recent history. And the reason he didn’t make it is because the West is loaded in the backcourt, and he just wasn’t going to get the nod over a guy like Tony Parker—whether he outplayed the Spurs legend or not.

But it’s not about making All-Star teams necessarily for the hot shooting guard from Davidson. He just broke Ray Allen’s record for threes in a season, and truthfully, his stroke is as sweet as Jesus Shuttlesworth’s. It’s quick, perfect form capitulated in a high release that is seldom blocked by other guards.

Curry has proven to be effective coming off screens, moving off the dribble, and he keeps his composure through traffic. It sounds a lot like I just described Chris Paul, doesn’t it?

And yet, Curry is a far different player than CP3. His scoring ability brings a different element to the team, and the Warriors were the 7th highest scoring team in the league with 101.5 points per game.

Last season, the Dubs were 11th in the league in scoring, and that was a team which featured gunner Monta Ellis for the majority of the season.

The player he was traded for, No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut, did not play the rest of the season.

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