Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jumping the Shark with Stephen Curry

A year ago, Stephen Curry was an after-thought to most the casual fans of the NCAAs. Davidson was a #10-seed (facing perennial crowd-favorite Gonzaga) and seemingly destined for a second-round exit (at best) against mighty Georgetown.

Two weeks later, Davidson was stopped only by eventual champ Kansas (in a game that, quietly, may have been the most important in Bill Self's career), and Curry was a national star. Many projected NBA drafts (Curry is currenly a junior) have him taken in the first round.

But while Curry is a great player -- and story -- he is not infallible.

And yesterday, in a first-round NIT game against South Carolina, analysis of Curry (by Hubert Davis) may have jumped the shark.

Normally, when a player puts together a second half that includes 6 turnovers, albeit in the course of scoring 32 overall, he is accused -- as Eric Devendorf was in the Big East tourney -- of "keeping both teams in the game."

But not to Davis. Instead, each turnover, it seemed, was the fault of a Davidson's player not moving to where Curry expected him to. Even the balls thrown straight out of bounds.

While it may be true, as Davis claims, that NBA players will be able to corral those errant passes, it's also true that NBA points guards who log 7 turnovers in 35 minutes won't be playing in "The League" for very long.

No matter what Hubert Davis says.

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