His ankles finally healthy, Stephen Curry has proven not only to be as good a pure shooter as there is in the game, but maybe one of the best ever.
With the two threes above, Curry tied then broke Ray Allen’s record for most three pointers in a season. Curry finished the season with 272 from beyond the arc (269 was Allen’s old record).
What’s impressive is the variety of ways Curry can get his shot. Look at the video above — on the first three he gets his look off the dribble, coming off a high pick then sliding along the arc and taking advantage of the room given. The record breaking three is a classic catch-and-shoot where Curry ran to the arc in transition and got the look on a Jarrett Jack pass.
He’s not one dimensional — he runs the point for the Warriors and if you take away the three he can put the ball on the floor and get in the paint, plus he also has a deft passing touch. But opposing teams shouldn’t forget he can just flat out shoot, because when you give him just a little space you pay.
Dion Waiters explains decision to sign with the Heat in an Instagram post
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
Report: Celtics sign second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to four-year deal
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Sources: Boston Celtics have signed second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to a four-year, $5.5 million deal. The fourth year is a team option.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
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