Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sat down recently with Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Inevitably the fact that the Minnesota Timberwolves passed on Curry in the NBA Draft came up in the interview. Asked whether or not he would have played in Minnesota, Curry said the following:
It’s all relative. I wouldn’t have known what would have come to pass here or in New York, which is where I kind of had my sights set on going in the draft. I would have tried to make the best of wherever I landed. I know some people in Minnesota, so I wouldn’t have been alone up there. It would have been good.”
When discussing Ricky Rubio and his lack of a jumper, Zgoda asked Curry what it takes to develop an effective NBA jumper. Curry offered the following insight:
Some of it is natural, obviously. You can study the fundamentals, but it’s really about practicing at game speed. That’s hard to do. It takes time. You can stand in one spot and shoot it and feel good about it, but in a game there are so many different variables: Your legs get tired, the pass might be high or low. It’s really hard to implement from practice into a game. That’s part of the science behind it.”
Those are some interesting thoughts from Curry, though I would say that he had quite the head start when it comes to the natural ability that he then applied to NBA game speed.
This season Curry is averaging 24.5 PPG and 9.1 APG on 45.8% shooting and 40.6% from three-point range.