Sixers‘ Seth Curry is off to an inspirational start to the 2021-2022 season, and he’s picked up right where he left off in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
Through three games, the shooting guard has only missed ten shots. He is shooting 22-of-32 (69 FG%) from the field and 13-of-17 (77 3PT%) from beyond. Calling Seth Curry a marksman thus far would be an understatement.
On Sunday, the Duke product scored 23 points in the first quarter alone, including 6 threes. Curry finished with 28 points in the Sixers 115-103 win over the Thunder.
Curry has been able to get off to a hot start from the Sixers spacing and ball movement. As seen in the clip below, Furkan Korkmaz‘s penetration to the basket leads to Patty Mills, leaving Curry to step out toward Joel Embiid.
Not the smartest decision by Patty Mills leaving, statistically the second-best three-point shooter in NBA history, wide open. But Embiid’s improved shooting makes teams respect his shot, so when defenses are in scramble mode, your best shooter is able to get more open looks.
The Sixers improved spacing gives not only the team’s best player Embiid more room to work with but also the rest of the team as well. With added shooting in Georges Niang and improved shooting from Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and others, the 31-year-old guard is not one of only two or three shooters on the floor. There are now at least four players on the court teams that have to respect from three-point range.
Now, if you think Curry’s shooting splits will stay above 65 percent from the field and 75 percent from deep, you’d be crazy. It’s not realistic to think Curry will be able to carry those numbers over the course of a whole season.
The Sixers guard could finish the season with the league’s highest three-point percentage. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, he has the highest percentage from deep in the NBA since the 2015-2016 NBA season.