With so many All-Stars on the court having to share a single basketball, Stephen Curry’s shot attempts should decrease in 2016-17.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says the back-to-back MVP “knows” he won’t be repeating the absurd feat of swishing 400 three-pointers in a season.
'I think Steph probably knows he's not hitting 400 threes this year. He knows.' — Steve Kerr, on shots divided among post-Durant #Warriors.
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) October 5, 2016
Klay Thompson, it turns out, is the one Warriors star who will benefit the most from playing on such a stacked team.
Per CSN Bay Area:
Thompson is off to a fabulous start in part because he is the starter who needs the least. Stephen Curry, as a point guard, needs the ball in his hands. Kevin Durant and Zaza Pachulia are veterans that need to assimilate to a new team. Draymond Green needs an audience. […] Thompson, entering his sixth season, doesn’t need any of that. And, in a nod to his much-publicized quote in the offseason, he doesn’t need to sacrifice. He is the closest thing in the NBA to a wind-up-and-let-go All-Star.
“Klay’s a special, special player,” team consultant Steve Nash said Tuesday. “He’s a quiet guy. He doesn’t have any flash to his game – other than shooting like no one else. He doesn’t handle the ball or make fancy passes, the way others have in the past. But his effectiveness, the impact he has on a defense just by being on the floor, his ability to guard . . . he’s been the best player, I think, the first week or so of camp.”
Thompson scored 19 points in the preseason opener against Toronto last Saturday in Vancouver and poured in 30 in the preseason home opener against the Clippers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. He has made 15-of-27 from the field, 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. […] “It’s a lot of practice; I practice these shots every day,” Thompson said. “It’s mostly all movement, though. I’ll get some catch-and-shoot shots, standing still, but I try to use my teammates as much as possible. No one’s going to want to help off Steph Curry or Kevin Durant, so it’s easy for me to use my teammates to get open.”