Stephen Curry has long been lauded as the greatest shooter in NBA history. Known mostly for his three-point shooting prowess, he owns the single-season record for made three-point shots (402). He also happens to be the NBA leader in career free-throw percentage (90.4%). His 43.7% three-point conversion rate rings in at fifth all-time, though, Curry's volume of shots far exceeds those of whom make up the rest of the top-five. In short, he is the greatest shooter of all time.
Yet, what if there is still room for improvement? Of course, logically, if a player isn't converting on 100% of his attempts, there must be some opportunity for betterment. Even if said player is already the best at a particular facet of the game. In Steph's case, there is plenty of room for improvement — especially since his work ethic is off the charts. If anyone can improve upon Steph's body of work, it's Steph. Well, speculate no more. Welcome to the new and improved Stephen Curry.
ESPN caught up with Curry after a recent stretch where the prolific three-point shooter appeared to be on an entirely different level of accurate:
"Stephen Curry . . . has boosted his accuracy in the past few weeks.
The Golden State Warriors star credits contact lenses.
'It's like the whole world has opened up,' he told The Athletic.
'I have blurry vision like millions of people across the country in terms of needing corrective lenses to see sharper,' he said."
Later in his interview, Curry mentioned that he would be "all right" playing without contacts, but that difference is "subtle," yet, "noticeable." Indeed, his three-point shooting efficiency in particular was increased from his current season's average of 43.8% to 48.7% over a nine-game period (3/16-4/2). An off-night on Thursday, which tends to happen from time to time to every NBA player, broke Curry's incredible hot shooting streak. But, his previous nine games should not be overlooked.
A career 43.6% three-point shooter, Steph is already a legendary scorer, often stretching his range far beyond the arc. He is no stranger to taking and making threes from 30-plus feet out. Teams create and mold their gameplans around stopping–at least, attempting to stop–Curry from running roughshod over their defense. Yet, he still is able to dribble into, step-back into, and come off screens for high-difficulty three point attempts... and he drains them. If his newfound sharper sight increases his accuracy, pushing it toward his nine-game rate of 48.7%, the league will once again have a monumental mountain to climb.
Moreover, the Dubs' All-NBA point guard will see other parts of his game increase as well. Passes could be crisper, his defensive assignments and passing lane-disruption may improve, and his turnovers could be cut significantly–all thanks to clearer vision. Warrior fans may be treated to Curry 2.0 during the upcoming playoffs, while the rest of the league suffers at the hands of a new and improved Steph.