College basketball scoring sensation Stephen Curry is a projected Top 10 1st round selection in the 2009 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
During his stellar junior season with the Davidson Wildcats last season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard averaged 28.6 points, 5.6 assists and 2.5 steals a game. Similar to his father Dell Curry, who played in the NBA from 1986-2002), Stephen Curry is a pure sharpshooter who is not afraid to take any shot on the court.
Stephen Curry is the most skilled offensive player in the 2009 NBA Draft. He can create his own shots and drain them from anywhere on the floor. The NBA needs pure shooters, and Curry is one answer. He can be an offensive force on a NBA team with a solidified low-post presence, because defenders cannot leave him alone for a second on the perimeter.
As showcased in his three years in college, Curry will take and make big-time shots. He can explode offensively at any time and is a good free-throw shooter. Being the son of a former NBA player, Stephen Curry knows the logistics of the game and attempts to make his teammates around him better. He also has quick hands on defense, demonstrated by him averaging over two assists a game throughout his collegiate career.
As illustrated by the Orlando Magic’s defeat in the 2009 NBA Finals, if you live by the 3-pointer you can die by the 3-pointer. Stephen Curry relied too heavily on his long-range game in college. His shot selection was suspect at times. In order to become a legitimate threat in the NBA, Curry must perfect his mid-range shot and improve his penetration game.
Stephen Curry also must beef up his body structure. Weighing in at only 185 pounds, he will be shoved and pushed around by NBA brutes. Though he played point guard as well as shooting guard at Davidson, his more natural fit seems the No. 2 spot. However, No. 2 guards in the NBA will be physically superior, which could eat into his minutes. Curry also averaged 3.7 turnovers a game last year when he was forced to handle the ball more often.
Because of his obvious strengths and clear weaknesses, Stephen Curry is one of the most intriguing players to watch in the 2009 NBA Draft on Thursday night. While NBADraft.net has Curry going as high as No. 4 to the Sacramento Kings (17-65), ESPN.com has him listed at No. 8, heading to the New York Knicks (32-50).
Curry would fit perfectly in Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, but it is highly unlikely he will make it that far. The Washington Wizards (No. 5), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 6), or the Golden State Warriors (No. 7) could easily select him.
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