The only prize missing from Steph Curry's trophy case is a NBA Finals MVP award. The Warriors' superstar point guard is a two-time NBA MVP, three-time champion and six-time All-Star.
Don't let that Finals MVP omission fool you, though. Curry has had plenty of great moments in the Finals, and has been a star in the playoffs as a whole. He has been so good in fact, his career 55.8 effective field goal percentage in the playoffs is greater than the likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who won two Finals MVPs as Curry's teammate in Golden State.
Career eFG% in the Playoffs— Antonin💧 (@antonin_org) June 11, 2020
Stephen Curry : 55.8%
Chris Paul : 52.9%
LeBron James : 52.8%
Kevin Durant : 52.8%
Kyrie Irving : 51.3%
Michael Jordan : 50.3%
James Harden : 49.2%
Kobe Bryant : 48.0%
Damian Lillard : 48.0%
Russell Westbrook : 44.4%
Steph's efficiency is unreal pic.twitter.com/92Z7zZzimh
That's right. Better than Jordan, better than LeBron. Better than KD. Well, at least in effective field goal percentage.
So, what is effective field goal percentage? It adjust field goal percentage to show how much more a 3-pointer is worth compare to a player just making 2-pointers. It's no surprise than that the greatest shooter of all time from beyond the arc would perform so well by this measure.
Even last postseason where the Warriors were without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson and even Andre Iguodala at times, Curry still had a 54.8 eFG. In the Finals last season, Curry still averaged 30.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds against the Toronton Raptors while Golden State battled a flurry of injuries.
Over his 11-year career, Curry has played in 112 playoff games. He has averaged 26.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40.1 percent from distance.
Curry still is waiting to hoist the Finals MVP trophy. His impact on the game in the playoffs, however, should never be questioned.
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