Golden State Warriors: Why Stephen Curry won’t age like other superstars

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2. Shooters Never Stop Shooting

Older shooters like J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver have not lost their shooting touch as they’ve aged.

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Last season, Redick shot 39.7% from three which was only around two percent less than his career average. Korver shot the exact same percentage as Redick last season, down just three percent from his career average of 42.9%.

The primary action used for guys like Redick and Korver is off-ball screens, usually on the weak side. Their elite shooting ability means their defenders must follow them over screens rather than going under.

If defenders go under the screens then Korver/Redick would just shoot the ball instantly on the catch. So defenders must chase them over the screen, often allowing the shooter to get in front of the defender and dribble into the lane.

Once in the lane, they must become a playmaker. The defense will collapse as players penetrate so there will be kick-out passes open for other players in the corners and wings. The other option is for them to get all the way to the rim for a layup or dunk.

For Korver and Redick, these are not skills that come naturally to them. They are slow with the ball and have a fairly loose handle. Their court vision is lacking and often they end up settling for long two-point shots or just making a simple pass in order to reset the play.