Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is easily one of the best players of his generation. He is simply unlike anyone we’ve ever seen in the past, and he pretty much singlehandedly revolutionized the game as we know it.
Throughout his decorated career, Curry has razzled and dazzled on more than a few occasions. Below we’ve compiled the ten most amazing shots Curry has ever made, and believe me — it wasn’t easy.
10. Curry Drops The Klaw
Kawhi Leonard is one of the best two-way players the NBA has ever seen. He proved no match to Curry on this play, though. Leonard looked lost, and even fell to the floor as Curry shook him off with ease. Curry is so good that he has the ability to make the best defenders look like ordinary guys when trying to stop him.
9. Curry’s half-court heave
We couldn’t bare the thought of not having at least one heave in Curry’t Top 10 shots of all time. This was actually beyond half court. Curry’s made more than a few of these in his career, but this has got to be one of the best of them.
What makes this buzzer-beater even more awesome is that this happened in a crucial juncture in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. Talk about a momentum swing.
8. Under the rim masterpiece
Curry is known best for his second-to-none shooting prowess, but one of the most underrated aspects of his game is his play under the rim. At 6-foot-3, Curry is not the biggest guy on the court, but it’s undeniable that he has amazing strength and balance. Take for instance this awe-inspiring and-1 lay-in against none other than Anthony Davis. It may look easy, but the degree of difficulty of this shot cannot be understated.
7. Curry over LeBron
Curry’s moves on this play was not exactly out of this world, but the fact that he did it against his arch-nemesis, LeBron James, is what makes it so amazing. It’s not everyday that LeBron is made to look like that. And there’s no denying that Curry absolutely had him in this play. Incidentally, Curry did this during the biggest of stages: in the NBA Finals.
6. Steph toys with the DPOY
Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year titles between 2018 and 2019. Curry could not care any less during this particular play, as he put one of the best defenders in the league in skates. Did you see Rudy pulling on Curry’s shirt? This should have been an and-1.
5. Game-Winner vs. OKC
Game tied with a few ticks remaining in a tough overtime contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Curry gets the ball from the inbound from the opponent’s half, and coach Steve Kerr opts not to use the team’s remaining timeout. The two-time MVP heaves one from way out, with Thunder defender Andre Roberson not giving him much space (notice how awkwardly Steph landed). Steph wins the game with an amazing shot, en route to a record 12 triples in that game — a record he would eventually break not long after.
4. Curry disrespects CP3
Curry once almost ended the career of Chris Paul. Here’s a clip of how he did it. Paul is usually the one dishing out the ankle-breakers, but he turned out to be the poor victim this time around.
This beautiful series of moves from the Warriors guard certainly deserves a spot in the Top 10. Gary Neal tried, but he had no chance.
2. Curry’s sends the game to OT vs. the Pelicans
In this one Curry had a clean-ish look for a game-tying three. He missed it and decided to make one that was ten times more difficult. Note that it was then-New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis who contested Curry’s off-balanced corner 3-point attempt.
The kicker here is that Curry made this shot in a crucial juncture in their first-round series against the Pelicans back in 2015. New Orleans, despite being down 2-0 in the series, was on the brink of winning Game 3, and in the process, regaining the momentum in the series. Curry would have none of this, and pretty much ended all hope for the Pelicans with this shot. The Warriors went on to win Game 3 in overtime, as well as Game 4, ending the series in a clean 4-0 sweep. Such is the ability of Curry to change an entire series with just one amazing shot.
1. Curry’s entire arsenal vs. the Clippers
This is Curry at his best. The handles, the agility, the balance, the audacity, and of course, the amazing trey. The icing on top of the cake here is that he did this against one of the best point guards of all time in Chris Paul (again) of the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Kerr’s reaction was almost as good as the shot.