The bad news for NBA teams is that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP and champion who dominated the competition last season to the tune of 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game, will be, well, even more dominant.
The “why” will probably surprise you.
Curry’s got a new move; it’s flashy, it’s effective and it’s downright ESPY-esque, but it’s completely from the repertoire of a high school player.
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In a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Curry admitted that he got the between-the-legs step-back from the No. 1 high school point guard in the country Dennis Smith Jr., who hails from Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.).
Smith, who recently committed to N.C. State, attended Curry’s SC30 Select Camp at the end of June and pulled off the between-the-legs move then finished with a thunderous dunk.
“I saw him do it a couple times and said, yeah, that might work to get some separation for a jump shot,” Curry told Complex. “That’s how basketball works; I might steal some of your moves, you’ll steal some of mine.”
Curry tried the new move out for the first time at USA Training Camp last month and completely embarrassed his defender.
The whole scenario makes Smith winning the Players Choice AAU Award for Biggest Wow Factor even more dead-on and reinforces the old adage that you’re never too old, or accomplished, to learn something new.
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