Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is one of the best basketball players on the planet.
Not only does he have two NBA championship trophies to his name but he has also been crowned the NBA MVP twice.
Now, can you imagine if a guy that talented started teaching basketball classes?
Enter Professor Curry.
According to ESPN‘s Chris Haynes, Curry is going to become an instructor for online basketball courses, and this is what Curry had to say about his new teaching venture:
“If I think about where I was when I was 13, if I had access to this type of curriculum, I would have been a much better player faster,” he said. “It took me a while to learn how to practice and do the drills the right way. I want people to see how I invest in my game, how I train, what I do in my workouts and what’s my mental approach. So when the opportunity with MasterClass came about to put a class together where I can show people my unique way of playing this game, it was [a] natural fit. The goal is for everybody to get better and enjoy basketball more. I want them to push and challenge themselves, and hopefully they see the game differently.”
Curry’s MasterClass is set to go live in early 2018.
More from Curry about MasterClass:
“I get to assess my own game and see what I could have done better, like when I get into a pick-and-roll situation, or a situation where I have to make quick decisions, you can freeze at that moment and explain everything that can possibly happen with all the different outcomes and why I chose to do what I did, versus what I could have done better,” Curry said. “I think hearing that from my perspective should be pretty interesting to people who either watch our games or just play basketball themselves.”
Curry certainly has a lot to offer to MasterClass and all of its students. After all, Curry has an impressive trophy case, and he is also one of the most lethal scorers in the game. Look no further than his 30.1 points per game during the 2015-16 NBA season to figure that one out. Curry is averaging 22.9 points per game over the course of his career.
He is also one of the best shooters this sport has ever seen, to say the least. He’s shooting 43.6 percent from three-point range over the course of his career, and he has also dropped some monster totals overall from behind the arc. During the 2015-16 season alone, Curry drained in 402 three-pointers, which is an NBA record. Last season, he made 324 threes. While that number was down from the previous year, people have to remember that it was still an unheard of statistic (it was the second-most threes made in a season … ever), and he managed to achieve that feat even with lethal scorer Kevin Durant joining the team.
We could spend an entire day — and then some — talking about how impressive Curry’s stats are. He’s been that good during his NBA career so far, but let’s get back to his teaching gig.
Per the ESPN report, “The enrollment fee is $90 for an individual class and $180 for a year of unlimited access to all classes taught by their professionals. The access can also be purchased as a gift for others.”
In terms of the actual curriculum, here’s what people can expect (via ESPN):
As part of his curriculum, he’ll provide step-by-step tutelage on ballhandling, shooting techniques, the creation of offense, playing ball screens, proper balancing and finishing on either side of the rim, to name of few. He said he stresses proper mechanics and reveals the details of his workout regimen used during the season and offseason.
Curry is commonly known as the best three-point shooter in the game, and he’s also one of the best ball-handlers in the NBA.
Clearly, he has a lot to offer, and he talked about what he brings to the table in the ESPN article mentioned above.
“I feel like I have a lot to offer when it comes to what I’ve learned from the game and what I’ve learned from myself and how the game has evolved,” he said. “I feel like people can learn from me and can be impacted by how I approach the game, and this is another way for that to spread to the next generation of basketball players. Everybody says ‘Like Mike,’ but you have to be able to see what that means.”
Curry and the rest of the Warriors are coming off of a championship season (they have made the NBA Finals three years in a row, and have won two of them), and although there were plenty of changes this offseason when it comes to trades and signings, meaning the NBA landscape changed quite a bit, Golden State still entered the 2017-18 season as the team to beat (again).
When a team has a lineup that features Curry, Durant (he has also won an MVP trophy in recent memory), Klay Thompson and Draymond Green … said team is very tough to beat.
This year’s version of the Warriors is currently 11-3 on the year. Golden State is set to take on the Boston Celtics later on today. While the Warriors are riding a seven-game winning streak, and have a phenomenal record going for them, Boston will enter the contest on a 13-game winning streak, and it also has the best record in the league at 13-2.
Curry is averaging 25.2 points, 6.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game this season.
Needless to say, he is the perfect candidate to teach any basketball class, and we are looking forward to the arrival of his MasterClass in 2018.
We certainly aren’t alone (via Chris Haynes’ ESPN article):
“Stephen is a lifelong student of the game of basketball,” said David Rogier, CEO and co-founder of MasterClass. “After barely being recruited by college coaches, he dedicated himself to the game and became the best shooter in NBA history. The way he studies other players, deconstructs his own game and constantly innovates makes him an amazing teacher. He inspires all of us that if you focus and work hard, you can become the best at whatever you do. He’s simply world-class.”