Science shows Stephen Curry’s shot is even faster than you think

Curry can leave it up there because his shots splash home at a higher percentage than anyone's.
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When watching Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry score seemingly at will on the basketball court, what’s perhaps the most striking is how little time he needs to gain enough separation from a defender in order to create his shot. 

Opponents can be in his personal space with arms outstretched, but it just doesn’t seem to matter. Curry leads the league in true shooting percentage, despite being the focus of the defense on a nightly basis. And the reason for that is because it doesn’t seem to take him any time at all to release his shot.

Thanks to his partnership with Degree and the company’s MotionSense Lab, we now have some data to show just how insanely quick Curry’s shooting motion is.

"That’s probably the most interesting [measurement],” Curry told FOX Sports. “It’s something that I feel is very natural in how I play the game. And being 6-foot-3 in NBA terms is still kind of short, so I still have to use that speed and quickness to get my shot off. 

"Obviously I’m not out there on the court thinking I’ve got [however many] seconds to get a shot off, it’s just how I play. And to have that analyzed by science is pretty cool, and to see how that actually works. It just gives me more incentive to keep working on it and maybe get a little faster.”

The analytics on Curry provided by the Degree MotionSense Lab are obviously specific to him. But he says he’s very open to reviewing any advanced data that might be available which could help him with his game, and the Warriors are among the organizations that are doing their best in this regard to help their players out. 

“We get a lot more [data] than we used to,” Curry told FOX Sports. “We wear wearable technology during practice and it tells you how far you run, the different load you put on your body through practice and things like that. And then with the in-game analytics that they have — actually my favorite one is the gravity of a certain player. If I move from one side of the court, do three guys move with me? Do I draw that much attention? I understand a lot more than I probably did last year or two years ago, and I’m sure it’ll continue because it’s valuable information to know.

"You don’t want to be overloaded by it, but if you’re really trying to understand the game and how to get better, and learn different ways you can get a leg up on the competition? I’m all open ears to it.”