Curry has changed the game based on his shooting abilities. One person he can thank for that is Vince Carter.
Stephen Curry becoming an electric shooter
Curry came into the NBA as a shooter. But as he gained more experience in the league, he became a skilled shooter. He can beat you in many different ways with the ball in his hand. Defenders should guard him as soon as he crosses half court because his range is unlimited. That’s something Curry practices on the daily. If you ever watch one of his warmup routines, he practices shooting from way deep, and he makes most of the shots too. So when he gets in the game, it’s not a bad shot for him because it’s something he practices.
In his first 10 seasons play for the Golden State Warriors, he shot over 40 percent from deep. The only season where he didn’t shoot over 40 percent was the 2019-20 season, and that’s because he missed the majority of the season due to an injury. Curry has accomplished a lot and set numerous records so far during his career.
In addition to winning three NBA championships, Curry won the NBA MVP award back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. He’s also led the league in 3-point field goals five times throughout his career. Curry currently holds five different 3-point records, and he’s the Warriors franchise leader in 3-point field goals made. He currently sits third on the all-time made 3-pointers list with 2,495. Curry has a good chance of moving into second on that list and possibly reach first before his career is over.
Not only could Vince Carter dunk, but he could also shoot from long range
Most people know Carter as one of the premier dunkers the league has ever seen. But Carter was a high-level 3-point shooter as well. During the early to middle of his career, he was one of the best scorers in the league. Some of his best years were when he played with the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are the team that Carter started his NBA career with, and he burst onto the scene as a young player who had a lot of potential.
During the 2000-01 season, he averaged 27.6 points, which is a career-high, and he shot 40 percent from the 3-point line. Carter sits in sixth place on the all-time 3-point made list with 2,290. During his time in Toronto, Carter had the opportunity to play with Dell Curry. That’s when he was introduced to Curry.
Vince Carter helping a young Stephen Curry with his shot
When Dell Curry was playing in the NBA, Stephen and his younger brother Seth would travel to their fathers’ games. They would go on the court before or after games and take shots with their dad or other team players. Carter still remembers when he played with the Raptors and saw a young Stephen Curry on the court.
“Before every home game, after my workout, Steph and I would play one on one,” Carter told NBA sportscaster Ernie Johnson.” I’m doing my workout and you’d see him on the sideline dribbling, working on his shot, asking me, ‘You ready? You ready?'” Carter would play Curry many times, and overtime, Curry’s confidence grew, and he started to make more and more shots when they played each other. Carter knew that Steph and Seth were going to have successful NBA careers.