The Golden State Warriors superstar has arguably one of the toughest covers in the NBA, but Minnesota Timberwolves guard Austin Rivers believes he can get some help from the referee. In a recent podcast episode, when asked who is the toughest cover in the NBA, Rivers replied Stephen He Curry for an interesting reason.
“Steph,” Rivers said. “More than that…you can’t touch him, they put all sorts of fucking phone calls on him and set up illegal screens for him throughout the game…because they want to see him shoot Don’t call me.”
In this episode, Rivers also complimented Curry, and those comments were interesting. Curry’s free throw percentage ranks lowest among all players in NBA history who averaged 24 PPG in his career. Free-throw percentage is the ratio of free-throw attempts to field goal attempts, and Curry’s clip of 24.3% is the highest of all players in NBA history with a career average of at least his 24 PPG. The lowest among all. By comparison, James Harden’s all-time free throw percentage is his 52.1%.
A common objection to Curry’s low free-throw attempt rate is to cite his high number of 3-point attempts, indicating that his style of play naturally avoids contact and stumbles over the line. But this doesn’t explain how he can be defended off the ball. In constant motion, Curry regularly holds, grabs and hits the ball without whistling. This also doesn’t take into account the usual instances of Curry hitting on a three-point attempt and driving without a whistle.
Austin Rivers may have legitimate complaints about moving screens, but it’s a league-wide problem with inconsistent enforcement of that rule, but Curry got ‘everything’ called In his career against Rivers 22-4, Curry dominated the matchup, averaging 29/6/5 on 51/45/94 shooting splits in 26 games. Did. His 29 PPG in that matchup was just him six free throw attempts per game.
Stephen Curry may be the toughest cover in the NBA, but it’s not because of the way he holds office, especially compared to other stars.
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