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NBA Draft Profile:
Stephen Curry, Davidson

Posted on 22. Mar, 2009 by Nolan in Draft, NBA, Player Profiles

After putting little known Davidson College on the basketball map, and scoring on anything or anyone that stood in front of him for two seasons, Stephen Curry will be taking his baby face to the League and follow in the family pedigree. Like his father Dell, Stephen is one of the deadliest shooters college basketball has ever seen. No one player comes to mind in the college game today that has as much scrutiny around him. Opposing defenses focus their entire game plan against shutting Stephen down because his little known teammates just weren’t equipped with the skill to capitalize on the double and triple teams. After the magical run to the Elite Eight in his freshman season, and with their pg having graduated, the plan was to transform Curry into the new pg so that he can have the ball in his hands more often and spread the wealth. Curry averaged 28.6 ppg to lead the nation in scoring and 5.6 assists ppg while marginally increasing his turnovers. Another challenge, another goal met.

On the offensive side of the ball, Curry’s range is unlimited. He can shoot from anywhere once he crosses halfcourt and always has the green light. Stephen is creative, crafty, has the go-to scorer’s mentality and possesses a wealth of leadership skills. Curry just carries that moxy that is needed to succeed at the next level. The relative ease as to which Curry transitioned to the point guard spot is going to help him with respect to his draft position even if scouts and teams around the league aren’t sure what position he will play once he arrives. His court vision was superb even with the shoot first personality. While he will never be a pure playmaker, he plays with poise and is a far more creative passer than anyone would have thought. Stephen could be one of the few players moving into the league whose transition might be made easier. Being on the court with more skilled players will open things up for Stephen and he will surely get better looks than he did the last two years. Scouts question his size, his frame, and what position he will play moving forward. But nobody is going to question the fact that he can flat out score the ball. Last I checked this is an assett in the league today that one team is going to hit the jackpot on.
A lot of attention and notoriety is focused on the fact that Curry can score but Stephen himself puts as much focus on his defensive game. Stephen averaged over three steals per game and has a great basketball IQ. He gets into the passing lanes, is willing to draw the charges, and has been known to be ahead of the game when it comes to studying tape. His lateral quickness leaves something to be desired and scouts aren’t sure what position he is going to guard at the next level. But if Curry can put the ball in the bucket more often than the guy he is going to cover it should be a recipe to any team having success.

Will be selected: Pick #10-18
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Stephen Curry, Davidson”

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