Steph Curry has changed the game in more ways than we understand. Of course, he is the one that is responsible for the high-column three pointers we see in the league today. However, his impact is best studied from how young players look up to Steph.
We can do that by looking at projected first-round pick Tyrell Terry. Terry is a 6’1 guard coming out of Stanford and is currently projected to be the 21st overall pick this year by Tankathon. If that holds true, he will be moving to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Terry spoke with Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer and revealed how Steph has been an inspiration for him. This was based around O’Connor observing Terry’s play coming off screens and handoffs and playing as a creator in a motion offense.
No prospect has taken greater advantage of the extra time to prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft than Tyrell Terry, Stanford’s freshman PG.
I spoke with Terry and the people around him about his rise from a projected second-rounder to a potential lottery pick. https://t.co/GUY0B2gkl2
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) November 9, 2020
“That’s definitely something I picked up in high school from watching Steph Curry. I’ve got to use my ability to shoot to the fullest, and when you pass the ball, there’s a tendency for defenders to relax a little bit. That’s the perfect opportunity to explode out to a different location on the floor and find an advantage to score.”
Steph Curry and his impact on Tyrell Terry
Terry wasn’t a heralded prospect even earlier this year. He has increased his draft stock over the pandemic and now may even jump up to a lottery pick.
The influence of Steph’s game is evident on Terry’s, as Terry is a more than confident shooter. However, he isn’t nearly as prolific as Steph. He also isn’t the best distributor or a volume scorer.
But Terry makes up on those ends with his NBA-level defense, despite his size. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. The assists are quite low for a PG. However, he is shooting 40%+ and has shown defensive ability. He is also very young, and could quite nicely fit in an NBA system.
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