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5 Incredible Stats From Bill Russell, 2022 NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry points his ring finger during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

Thursday night in Boston, Stephen Curry became an NBA champion for the fourth time and took home his first Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award, adding the missing award to his future Hall of Fame resume.

As the Warriors celebrate their fourth championship in eight seasons, we’ll take a closer look at the numbers Curry put in his best Finals performance yet. Here are five numbers you need to know from the Finals MVP:

1. Player to average 30-5-5 and 5 3-pointers in the NBA Finals

Stephen Curry became only the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 30.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in multiple NBA Finals, joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Jerry West.

In the 2019 Finals against Toronto, Curry averaged 30.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists as the Warriors lost in six games. Three years later, Curry reached those milestones again, averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in Golden State’s six-game win streak over the Celtics.

Stephen Curry

  • 2019: 30.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists (lost)
  • 2022: 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists (win)

Michael Jordan

  • 1991: 31.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 11.4 assists (win)
  • 1993: 41.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists (win)
  • 1997: 32.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists (win)

Jerry West

  • 1966: 33.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists (lost)
  • 1968: 31.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists (lost)

LeBron James

  • 2015: 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists (lost)
  • 2017: 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists (lost)
  • 2018: 34.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 10.0 assists (lost)

Curry adds another layer to this amazing statistic as he is the only player in NBA history to average at least five 3-pointers per game in the Finals. He first accomplished this feat in 2018, but this year he added 5.2 three-pointers to his already astounding 30-5-5 to give him the first ever 30-5-5-5 final since the introduction of three-point shots. in 1980.

Stephen Curry training dagger 3

Stephen Curry training dagger 3


2. The effectiveness of the attack on and off the court

Stephen Curry led all players in scoring with 187 points in a six-game streak. 29.7% of 629 Golden State points scored in the final. To add some context to Curry’s level of performance, here are the five players responsible for their team’s performance:

  • Jaylen Brown: 141 of 605 Boston points (23.3%)
  • Jason Tatum: 129 (21.3%)
  • Andrew Wiggins: 110 (17.5%)
  • Clay Thompson: 102 (16.2%)
  • Marcus Smart: 91 (15.0%)

While Curry was on the court, he had to 36% Golden State Points, including 41.3% three-pointers. But as we’ve learned throughout the Warriors dynasty, Curry’s influence on the Golden State offense goes way beyond the points he scores himself. His mere presence – “gravity” – on the court attracts so much attention from the opponent’s defense that it makes it easier for his teammates to play, providing additional space and opportunities for a more productive goal.

When we look at the final The Warriors’ offense scored 115.8 points per 100 possessions. Curry has 225 minutes on the court. In 109 minutes off the court, Golden State’s offensive performance dropped to 88.6 points per 100 possessions.

Another note on Curry’s offensive performance against the NBA’s best defense: Curry’s 62.6 percent shooting percentage is the highest by a high-volume defenseman (100 field goal minimum; 43 players qualify) in Finals history. All positions considered, Curry is ranked 9th out of 86 qualified players.

CLASSIFY PLAYER THE FINAL TC% FGM-A (FG%) 3PM-A (3P%) FTM-A (FT%)
one Stephen Curry 2022 62.6% 66-137 (48.2%) 31-71 (43.7%) 24-28 (85.7%)
2 Chris Paul 2021 62.2% 55-100 (55.0%) 12-23 (52.2%) 9-12 (75.0%)
3 Michael Jordan 1992 61.7% 81-154 (52.6%) 12-28 (42.9%) 41-46 (89.1%)
four Dwyane Wade 2011 61.4% 59-108 (54.6%) 7-23 (30.4%) 34-49 (69.4%)
5 Michael Jordan 1991 61.2% 63-113 (55.8%) 2-4 (50.0%) 28-33 (84.8%)
6 Stephen Curry 2019 59.8% 53-128 (41.4%) 23-67 (34.3%) 54-57 (94.7%)
7 Magic Johnson 1987 59.0% 66-122 (54.1%) 1-2 (50.0%) 24-25 (96.0%)
eight Reggie Miller 2000 58.8% 43-104 (41.3%) 15-40 (37.5%) 45-46 (97.8%)
9 Stephen Curry 2015 58.5% 54-122 (44.3%) 25-65 (38.5%) 23-26 (88.5%)
ten Stephen Curry 2016 58.0% 50-124 (40.3%) 32-80 (40.0%) 26-28 (92.9%)

Curry now has a record four of the top 10 shooting percentages claimed by a defenseman with at least 100 field goals in the NBA Finals, but no better than in 2022.

Stephen Curry wins coveted Finals MVP awards.


3. Displaying the final shooting of the best three-point shots

Curry entered the 2022 NBA Finals with a record for most 3-pointers in Finals history, with 121 in his first 28 championship games. In those six games, he added 31 more to that total, raising that record to 152. Teammate Klay Thompson (105) and rival LeBron James (101) are the only other players in Finals history to hit at least 100 3-pointers.

Curry hit 31 threes was the best in a series of six games in the NBA Finals; he broke his own record (25) in the Golden State title run in 2015, becoming the dynasty’s first player. Jason Tatum and Klay Thompson finished second in 3-pointers in the 2022 Finals… with 20 points.

Most triplets in a 6-game series, NBA Finals

  • 31: Stephen Curry, Golden State, 2022
  • 25: Stephen Curry, Golden State, 2015
  • 24: Klay Thompson, Golden State, 2019

Curry lost just one 3-pointer to match his own record in any Finals series; he knocked out 32 in a seven-game loss to Golden State against Cleveland in 2016.

While Curry made more threes per game in 2016 (32) and he made more threes per game in 2018 (5.5) when the Warriors beat the Cavs, Curry has never made more threes than him. in 2022 against Boston. Curry finished the Finals shooting 31 of 71 (43.7%) from three-point range, including his first playoff game with zero Three-pointers scored – he hit 0-of-9 in Game 5 and then bounced back, hitting 6-of-11 in the series decider.

THE FINAL 3 P.M. 3PA 3P%
2015 25 65 38.5%
2016 32 80 40.0%
2017 19 49 38.8%
2018 22 53 41.5%
2019 23 67 34.3%
2022 31 71 43.7%
GENERAL 152 385 39.5%
AVERAGE 4.47 11.32 39.5%

The greatest shooter of all time just showed off his best shooting in the NBA Finals and it helped him earn his first Finals MVP award.


4. Shooting pull-ups

What sets Curry apart from other great shooters in NBA history is his ability to take down three-point shots on the move as well as standing shots. Curry’s pull-up prowess was on full display during the 2022 NBA Finals, when he led all players with 36 field goals, including 23 3-pointers, over six games.

To put those numbers in perspective, no other player in this year’s finals has made more than 13 pull-up jumps in the series and only hit double figures five times:

  • Stephen Curry: 36-75 (48.0%)
  • Jason Tatum: 13–47 (27.7%)
  • Clay Thompson: 13-38 (34.2%)
  • Jaylen Brown: 12-31 (38.7%)
  • Jordan Pool: 12–31 (38.7%)

The difference from the rest of the field is similar if we focus solely on the three-point pull-ups made in the series:

  • Stephen Curry: 23-55 (41.8%)
  • Jason Tatum: 10-23 (43.5%)
  • Jordan Pool: 8–25 (32.0%)
  • Clay Thompson: 4–13 (30.8%)
  • Jaylen Brown: 4-9 (44.4%)

In general, curry fired 36 out of 75 (48.0%) pull-ups in the final with an effective field goal percentage of 63.3%. All other players in the final combined shot 68 of 210 (32.4%) with an effective field goal percentage of 39.8%.

Curry kept his best shooting of the season for the NBA Finals. During the regular season, he shot 39% from the field, 37.4% from three and had 52.5% of field goals on pull-ups. Of the 96 players who made at least 200 pull-up attempts, Curry finished in 10th place percentage of effective field goals.

PLAYER general doctor FGM FGA FG% 3 P.M. 3PA 3P% EFG%
regular season 64 226 579 39.0 156 417 37.4 52.5
Playoffs (pre-final) 16 55 136 40.4 36 89 40.4 53.7
NBA Finals 6 36 75 48.0 23 55 41.8 63.3

During the first three rounds of the playoffs leading up to the Finals, Curry shot 40.4% from the field and from three-point range, and had an effective field goal percentage of 53.7% on pull-ups. Of the 48 players who made at least 25 pull-up attempts during the first three rounds of the playoffs, Curry finished seventh. percentage of effective field goals.

During the NBA Finals, that effective field goal percentage jumped another 10 percentage points. Curry finished almost 12 percentage points higher than any other player on the field.

Stephen Curry’s best NBA Finals performances from 4 title runs.


5. Dominant off screens and switches

One of the key matches to reach the 2022 NBA Finals was Curry against Marcus Smart, who had just been named Kia’s best defenseman in the league. When we look at Curry’s attacking match data We can see from the series that Smart defended Curry at the team’s 27:50 count and did a great job of slowing Curry down. Smart held Curry to 25 points on 34.8% shooting from the field, including 25.0% from three-point range, with the same number of assists (6) as assists.

But just when the Warriors got rid of Curry with ball screens that forced numerous switches, Curry was able to use matchups. Curry made 18 shots, including eight 3-pointers, in just under 21 minutes against Derrick White. And Curry hit 15 shots, including nine of 31 threes, in just seven minutes against Al Horford.

MATCH MIN. MATCHUP PTS AST TOV FGM FG% 3 P.M. 3P% FTM
Marcus Smart 27:50 25 6 6 eight 34.8 3 25.0 6
Derrick White 20:54 44 6 2 eighteen 52.9 eight 47.1 0
Jason Tatum 13:09 26 6 0 9 47.4 5 62.5 3
Jaylen Brown 7:02 eleven 2 0 four 57.1 0 0 3
Al Horford 7:16 41 7 2 fifteen 57.7 9 64.3 2
Robert Williams III 5:40 23 5 3 ten 40.0 3 25.0 0
Grant Williams 3:54 16 2 one 6 46.2 3 42.9 one
Payton Pritchard 1:42 eight 0 0 3 100 2 100 0
Aaron Nesmith 0:16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Stauskas 0:12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Theis 0:05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Below is a breakdown by game of the number of screens the Warriors have set for Curry and the points per possession the Warriors have scored on those properties. In total, the Warriors put up 159 screens for Curry over a six-game streak and scored nearly 1.5 points per possession.

  • Game 1: 30 screens, 1.23 PPP
  • Game 2: 27 screens, 1.50 PPP
  • Game 3: 30 screens, 1.30 PPP
  • Game 4: 39 screens, 1.23 PPP
  • Game 5: 37 screens, 1.39 PPP
  • Game 6: 33 screens, 1.46 PPP

TOTAL: 159 screens, 1.35 PPP

Finally, here’s a game-by-game breakdown of how many times Curry changed as offensive ball handler, and the number of points per possession scored on those occasions. In Game 4, Curry saw more switches than any player in the game throughout the series. And in the decisive Game 6, the Warriors scored maximum points when Curry switched to 1.44 points per possession.

  • Game 1: 25 possessions, 33 points, 1.32 PPP
  • Game 2: 18 possessions, 24 points, 1.33 points per game
  • Game 3: 24 possessions, 26 points, 1.08 PPP
  • Game 4: 29 possessions, 33 points, 1.14 PPP
  • Game 5: 22 possessions, 28 points, 1.27 PPP
  • Game 6: 25 possessions, 36 points, 1.44 PPP

TOTAL: 143 possessions, 180 points, 1.26 PPP.

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