Former Golden State Warriors star Chris Mullin said current stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson redefined shooting. With the kind of impact Curry and Thompson have had, very few would disagree with Mullin.
There are many who credit Curry with revolutionizing the game of basketball with his three-point shooting. He had started his NBA with the Warriors in 2009. Very few had then imagined that he would have a team built around his three-point shooting.
Thompson joined Curry when he came in via the NBA Draft in 2011. Three years later, the two would set a new NBA record for the most number of combined three-pointers in a season (484). The feat earned the duo the nickname- “Splash Brothers.” A year they led the Warriors to their first Championship since 1975. In the subsequent two seasons, they broke the record twice with 525 and 678 combined three-pointers.
Curry would break more individual shooting records in the years to come by. In 2015, Curry became the first player to win the NBA MVP award with a unanimous vote. It came after he shot over 40 % from three-pointers and above 50 % and 90 % from the perimeter and free throws respectively.
With Curry and Thompson in the team, the Warriors reached the finals in each of the last five seasons winning three of them.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson redefined shooting, felt Mullin
During a recent appearance on the Luch Talk Live, Mullin said: “They’ve redefined what an acceptable shot is.” He explained how it changed so much from the time of Michael Jordan when much of the scoring was from within the perimeter.
During his session, Mullin also talked about how the free agency has been a huge change in the NBA. He said it had increased the movement of star players from one team to another.
“The biggest factor … is free agency,” he said. “There wasn’t as much movement with the star players. You’d build your teams around those guys, you would run in veterans to try and help them get over the top, the core stays the same, which helped chemistry, helped with teamwork.”