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Why Stephen Curry is the NBA’s best 3-point shooter—in 1 GIF

It's like a mirror image.


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 29, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 9:48 am CDT

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a career .439 shooter from three-point range, good for third all time in NBA history. He made 261 of them this year, to lead the league for the second straight season.

Sunday, the guard made a career playoff-high seven from beyond the arc, scoring 33 points in a 118-97 drubbing of the Los Angeles Clippers. How’s he do it? Through uncommon consistency of form. Curry’s so consistent that he’s even had an ESPN profile written about it. 

“I love everything about shooting,” he told ESPN earlier in April, “but mostly that perfect form, when your body is in rhythm from the time you plant your feet to the time you release the ball. When it happens, everything is very smooth and calm from your feet through your release. Everything moves through you like a wave, almost. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Today, The Score’s Scott Thompson posted a GIF detailing Curry’s five first quarter three-pointers Sunday. As you can see, they all practically mirror each other from different spaces on the floor. 

They’re also pretty much all swishes. If you think about muscle memory, that shouldn’t come as a surprise at all. 

Photo via Stephen Curry/Facebook

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2014, 5:03 pm CDT