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Dubs' lack of spacing around Steph embodied in alarming stat

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Warriors' Steph Curry

The Warriors are an average 3-point shooting team this season, but they wouldn't be without Steph Curry.

Golden State ranked 14th in 3-point shooting percentage (36.7) entering Sunday, but the non-Curry Warriors are shooting just 35.1 percent from beyond the arc this season. That would be 24th in the NBA this season.

Without Klay Thompson, who's out for the season with a torn Achilles, Curry doesn't have many teammates who can spread the floor around him. No star lacks spacing this season like Curry, as this stat from BBall Index demonstrates.

Outside of garbage time, Curry's spacing ranks in the 5th percentile among NBA players this season. It's not much better if you include garbage time, with Curry's spacing ranking in the 6.5th percentile.

Including garbage time, only 33 players have worse average spacing than Curry. None of them played as many minutes as Curry, nor are any of them among the NBA's leading scorers.

Despite the lack of spacing, Curry entered Sunday with the league's second highest-scoring average (29.9 points per game) and 24th-highest assist average (6.0 per game) among the 239 players who have played at least 70 percent of their team's games.

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Thompson's return should help the Warriors space the floor around Curry next season, but Golden State doesn't have many options for the duration of this one. Curry can play more with Kent Bazemore (39.1 percent on 3-pointers) or Damion Lee (38.8 percent). The Warriors have shot 39.5 percent from 3 with the latter pairing on the court, and 38.0 percent with the former.

 

But as long as Thompson's out, and with Kevin Durant now a Brooklyn Net, Curry's going to attract defensive attention that makes spacing the floor incredibly difficult. Changes to the Warriors' offensive scheme and rotations can only go so far.

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