Steph Curry is more than just a shooter. Sure, he might be the best shooter in the history of the NBA, but he’s also an elite passer whose ability to scan the floor and find an open teammate is special. In fact, Curry makes incredible passes so frequently that they’re almost as “normal” as his threes from several feet behind the arc.
Curry’s ability to pass was on display in the first quarter of Golden State’s game against Denver. Curry ran off of a JaVale McGee screen, got a pass, squared up, and pulled up for a jump shot. It’s a shot that we have seemingly seen him hit a million times.
But instead of getting net, the ball Curry launched fell softly into McGee’s hands. The veteran big man caught the ball and laid it in for two points.
This raises an extremely important question: Did Curry mean for this to happen? The announce team seems to think so — Curry missing a shot this badly would be kind of unfathomable, and as we said earlier, his passing and sense of anticipation are fantastic. But at the same time, how on earth did he know exactly where to drop the ball so that McGee could grab it and get a layup?
My theory is somewhere in the middle: The ball slipped out of Curry’s hands, McGee made a smart play, and the Warriors got two points. But hey, if this was all on purpose, kudos to Curry and McGee because this was a good play.