Steph Curry is the greatest shooter to ever walk the Earth. Full stop.
But at age 33, the Warriors star continues to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible, taking perfection to a whole new level.
So, what has Curry done to raise his game to even greater heights? As NBA.com's Mark Medina unearthed, a wild new shooting drill has made Curry even deadlier than before, if that was even possible.
“Making shots in workouts is no longer good enough,” Curry's longtime trainer Brandon Payne told NBA.com “We’ve established he’s going to make a lot of shots in workouts. He consistently does that. So for us, we’ve utilized technology to be even more precise.”
Using technology, Curry and Payne tracked everything in the Warriors star's shot from arc to ball movement and how deep it went in the rim, per Medina. Here's the crazy part: If the ball didn't go directly into the middle of the rim, it was counted as a missed shot. Curry and Payne used this drill for both standstill shooting and jump shots on the move.
To the two-time MVP, who poured in 45 points in Thursday night's win vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, it's an exercise in perfection.
“It was a mental challenge of trying to be as perfect as possible,” Curry told Medina. “If I make 10 shots and they are outside of that window and then I have to do 10 more for that drill, it becomes a conditioning drill if you don’t knock them down earlier in the drill. So you have to stay locked in and focused. It creates a game-like situation with pressure. You don’t want to be out there all day feeling dog tired because you can’t beat the drill.”
Curry had what he called a "trash" performance in the Warriors' season-opening win vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in which he shot 5-for-21 from the field. The chances of that happening two games in a row were slim, and Curry's laser focus on perfection made it almost a near certainty he was going to be ripping the nets Thursday against the Clippers.
“The majority of them, that’s money. Even on some of the ones where I’m like ‘What the hell?’, you’re still kind of thinking it’s money,” Draymond Green told reporters after the Warriors' win vs. the Clippers. “You’re still like, ‘Why in the hell is he shooting that shot?’ I expect all of them to go in, regardless of how ridiculous some of them are that he decides to take.
"You expect some of them to go in because he makes those ridiculous ass shots. That’s what he’s done over the course of his career. That’s why he’s become who he’s become. That’s why he’s great. That’s why he’s one of the top players in this league and one of the top players ever to play this game. Tough shot taker, tough shot maker.”
Perhaps the greatest tough shot taker, tough shot maker in NBA history still believes he can get even better. And Curry's pursuit of absolute perfection is sure to make the Chase Center crowd roar and dim the hopes of many title contenders along the way.