Golden State assistant coach Bruce Fraser today revealed a game he and Stephen Curry have created during Warriors practice which pretty much sums up the reigning NBA MVP's otherworldly levels right now.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, the 51-year-old Fraser laid out the rules to 'Beat the Ogre' - a variation on an old practice exercise which Curry, as you might expect, has taken to another level.
According to the report, Curry is tasked with hitting three-point shots on the move and must score 21 points to win the game - each made basket worth one point. Sounds simple, right? Not quite.
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For every shot that the 28-year-old point guard misses, he receives minus four points and he loses the game if he reaches -21 first. Every miss is effectively a five-point swing.
In the NBA this season, Curry is shooting at 44 percent from three-point range. Carry that form over to 'Beat the Ogre' and the Warriors star would be on around minus 15 points after 10 shots. Most other NBA players would already have been well past the -21 point threshold.
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According to GSW staff, however, Curry is able to complete the game on just his second attempt on average. That is frighteningly good. That means, taking 30 three-point shots, Curry would be good on 28.
The original rules for what many in the game call 'Beat the Pro' are far more lenient. You can shoot from wherever you like and each made or missed shot is worth an equal one point either way.
Playing a game like that with Curry, it seems, would be virtually pointless hence the need to stack the odds against him in practice.
Practice makes perfect
The demands being placed on Curry away from actual NBA games are clearly paying dividends when it comes to helping the Warriors when it really matters.
Having already smashed his own record for most three-pointers in a season with games to spare, he is putting up phenomenal numbers from beyond the arc and doing it with relative ease.
As well as his 44-percent average, Curry has connected on 322 three-points shots so far in 2015-16. With many of them coming at key points in games - let's not forget his incredible 37-footer in overtime versus the Oklahoma City Thunder - the practice is most certainly paying off.
If the MVP in waiting continues setting new standards, however, the Golden State staff might have to start handing out minus five or six points for every shot missed the next time Curry is challenged to 'Beat the Ogre.'