Draft Analysis: Stephen Curry


Monday, June 22nd 2009, 1:45 am
By: News 9


NEWS 9 Sports Staff

Breaking the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere, the Golden State Warriors selected the one player Knicks fans really coveted.

Colleges are known to exaggerate their players' heights on official rosters. If anyone could use a boost to hide their actual specifications, Curry is that player. Most sites have Curry listed at 6-3, but the harsh reality is they might be providing him with a couple of extra inches. At only 180 pounds, he certainly does not have the strength to make up for it.

What he does have to make up for it, however, is deadly shooting from the outside. Curry led the NCAA in scoring last season at 28.6 points per game. He has range well beyond the NBA line and needs only a split-second to get his shot off. In the weak Southern conference, he was always the best player on the floor and learned how to effectively escape double and triple teams.

Curry will not have that sort of attention on him in the league, and will be more effective when he can set up shop beyond the perimeter and launch 3s. His main problem is scouts consider him a "tweener," a player who has neither the skills to play one position (in Curry's case, point guard) nor the size for another position (shooting guard).