This article was written by Basketball HQ Co-Founder Kyle Ohman
You probably clicked on this article wondering, "how in the world could a player like Curry be bad for basketball?" In defense of this article, Curry is one of my favorite players to watch. He is able to make shots that 99% of the world can only dream about making. He is idolized by younger players that do their best emulate his moves and shots. However, here in lies the problem.
Young players see Steph shoot a free throw line floater, or a behind the back between the legs pull up from 5 feet from behind the 3 point line, and they believe that this gives them validation to shoot the same shot in a game.To be fair it isn't just Steph, players like LeBron, Carmelo, Durant, and Harden are equally to blame.
What younger players don't realize though, is the amount of time that these elite players have put into their game; first mastering the fundamentals and THEN learning these high level moves. They don't understand that before Steph starting shooting 25+ foot 3 pointers he became deadly at shooting 18 footers. Or that he spent an entire summer re-working his shooting form with his dad Dell Curry.
Too many players want to practice and take high level difficulty shots because they see a player like Curry do it. This is just not realistic though, and it usually ends up with that player shooting a low percentage from the field.
The goal of every player should be first to master the details and learn to take and make high percentage shots. After this it is okay to start to adding different aspects to your game that make you harder to guard. It all starts with a strong foundation though.
An important key to this is what you spend your time on the gym. You should be spending the majority of your time working on moves that you know you will get throughout the course of a game. Of course it is fun to practice a combo move into a step back shot, but is that a realistic shot that you are going to be shooting during a game?
Yes, you should spend some time learning to create for yourself if you are a player that is going to have the ball in your hands at the end of a clock situation, but even if so, this type of shot should not dominate your workout time.
If you are not sure what types of shots you should be working on there are two great ways that you can figure it out. The first is simple, ask your coach. They are sure to be able to show you some different moves that you could be working on and developing on your own.
The second requires a little bit more work, but is equally as valuable, and that is watch game film and see some of the different opportunities that the defense is giving you throughout the game. This will not only help you learn what moves you should be working on, but it will also help you realize when to use them during a game.
The last thing I want this article to do is discourage or kill the dreams of the next Steph Curry. The goal of this article is show you the right way to go about it. There is no skipping steps when trying to achieve greatness.