Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has been stuck in one of the worst shooting slumps of his excellent career. Over his last three games leading up to Thursday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Curry had shot below 30 percent from the field twice and had gone just 7-for-36 from three-point range. The struggles likely had Warriors fans thinking possible injury, though the secret to fixing Curry’s slump was revealed in a piece by Marcus Thomspon II of The Athletic.
But Curry had an Aha! moment in practice. He found the source of the shortage. It was too subtle for Fraser to see, too internal for anyone other than Curry to detect. In the process of self-diagnosing, he found the answers in his feet.
He had developed a habit of launching off his toes and not the balls of his feet. On his toes, he generates less power than when he gets a good push off the balls of his feet. The discovery paid immediate dividends. His shots started falling like normal in practice. The swishes came back. So did the pretty rotation on his ball. His balance corrected with the added burst. The oomph he regained behind the follow-through gave him much better control over the ball.
Warriors star Stephen Curry realized that he wasn’t getting as much power on his jumpers- he was relying more on his arms and less on his lower half. Curry attributed that lack of power to his slump.
So, in typical mad scientist fashion, Curry discovered that he was shooting jumpers off of his toes and not the balls of his feet, which was messing up both the power and balance of his jumper.
He made the change and started seeing immediate success at practice, then went out and scored 29 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 6 of 10 shooting from deep. Slump fixed.
There’s a reason Warriors guard Stephen Curry is regarded as the greatest shooter ever.