Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Stephen Curry triple double? Maybe...

With Davidson’s Stephen Curry piling up records, there is one statistic that has appeared out of his reach—the triple-double. That occurs when a player reaches double figures in three key categories, most often points, assists and rebounds.

Points is a no-brainer; Curry leads the nation in producing points, averaging almost 30 a game. And this season, with his shift from shooting guard to the point, assists are not a problem either. He’s reached double figures three times this season, and passed out nine on two other occasions.

The big question is rebounds, although he did reach 11 in 2006 at Chattanooga. Curry is only 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds—short and slender as far as rebounders go. But he is quick and anticipates well, and averages almost four rebounds a game.

In Saturday night’s win over Wofford, Curry had game highs in all three categories, with 33 points, seven assists and seven of those hard-to-come-by rebounds. I asked him afterward about possibly getting a triple-double eventually.

“I try to go out there and play hard, and whatever that means,” he said, and then laughed. “I grab boards and be the best point guard I can be. If that happens it would be great. I won’t change anything; try to do too much. I’ll just play the same way I do every night and see what happens.

“Andrew (Lovedale) and Steve (Rossiter) can really control the boards so I don’t have to go down there as much. And I box out for them and get a rebound here and there.”

The bottom line is that Curry will need considerable luck to get a triple-double. He is a good rebounder for a guard, but he also needs to get out in transition when Davidson has a chance to run, which cuts into his opportunities to crash the boards.

If the ball bounces his way often one night, he could do it, but I don’t expect it. Then again, he is Stephen Curry.-Stan Olson


Jack said...
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Jack said...

he just did it sucka.
time to start analyzing another sport you moron.

Anonymous said...

How's the 10th rebound falling into your hands in the final seconds of the game for luck? Hahaha.