The biggest challenge of Steve Kerr’s coaching career so far? Figuring out a way to describe Stephen Curry’s greatness.
In the Warriors’ 107-96 win over the 76ers on Monday night, the Golden State guard continued what has been one of the most impressive offensive runs in NBA history, scoring 49 points on 14-of-28 shooting (10-of-17 from beyond the arc). Curry has averaged 40.8 points in his past 10 games with 54.9-50.3-90.9 shooting splits on field goals, 3-pointers and free throws.
“I’ve seen Kobe Bryant early in his career, had a stretch where he went nuts,” Kerr said. “Obviously, Michael Jordan had some stretches where he just scored like crazy, but obviously nobody’s ever shot the ball like this in the history of the game. Even by Steph’s own lofty standards, this is above and beyond.”
It’s difficult to put into words how brilliant the two-time NBA MVP has been this month, so we’ll just let the numbers do the talking.
Curry has hit 72 3-pointers in his past 10 games, the most triples over a 10-game stretch in league history. To put that in perspective, Suns guard Chris Paul has made 73 3-pointers this season.
The seven-time All-Star is up to 260 total 3-point field goals, the most ever through a player’s first 50 games of a season.
With yet another 40-point outing in April, Curry has passed Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan for the most 40-point games in a single month (five) by a player at age 33 or older. (Curry turned 33 years old on March 14.)
He is also the first player to average 40 points per game on 50 percent shooting through 10 games in a month since the great Wilt Chamberlain hit those thresholds in March 1963.
Golden State’s victory marked the sixth time this season that Curry has drained 10 or more 3-pointers and the 21st time in his career.
Curry’s lead over the rest of the field on that list is preposterous, as the only other player in NBA history who has even five such games is Curry’s “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson.
Games with 10+ threes in NBA history:
21 — Steph Curry in his career
6 — Steph Curry this season
No other player has more than 5 in their career. pic.twitter.com/MeWpIAhe7q
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 20, 2021
After Monday’s slate of games, Curry found himself atop the league’s individual scoring list with an average of 31.4 points per game, just ahead of Wizards guard Bradley Beal (31.1). Curry’s April run has boosted his season scoring average more than two full points.
Heading into the final stretch of the 2020-21 campaign, Curry is in position to capture the second scoring title of his career. He last led the NBA in points per game during the 2015-16 season when he became the first unanimous NBA MVP award winner.