Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the Smoothest Shooting Backcourt in the NBA?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussNBA Lead WriterNovember 12, 2012

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The "If healthy" Warriors can really shoot it. In theory, this is the best shooting backcourt in all of sports. The assault on this theory, though, is coming from Stephen Curry.

Curry is currently undermining the "best shooting backcourt" trope, and not in the traditional way. It was a given that, so long as Steph was on the court, he could shoot well. But now that Curry is playing, stringing a few games in a row, he's been errant with his jumper. 

Having watched every game of Curry's career, I can call this stretch unique. He's at .37.5 percent from the field, and many of the misses have been worse than merely "off." This could all be some early season fluke, and I'd even bet on it. But this situation is also worthy of concern and monitoring. 

If Stephen Curry returns to form, then this is the best shooting backcourt in hoops. Mainly because Stephen Curry could become the best shooter in basketball, now that Steve Nash seems on the wane. 

Curry shot over 43 percent from three-point land in each of his three seasons (43.7, 44.2, 45.5). It's not just his three-point touch, Curry also claimed over 44 percent on long two-pointers in each of his first three seasons (via HoopData). Considering that Curry managed a 93.4 percent on free throws one season, we might be looking at the best 40-50-90 (40 percent on threes, 50 percent on field goals, 90 percent on free throws) in the league. 

Again, that's the Curry we know. Hopefully, the Curry we're seeing returns to that form. 

Klay Thompson is no slouch in the shooting department either. The slight difference in approach between the two, is that Klay uses screens wisely. 

Klay Thompson had an impressive rookie year shooting the ball, but he's also off to a rocky start. At the moment, Klay is averaging 37.5 percent from the field, a far cry from his 43.4 percent from last year.

While "43.4" might not sound impressive, you have to consider that nearly half of Thompson's attempts were three pointers. On those three pointers, Klay shot 40.6, and long-distance shooting tends to improve with age. 

The title for "best shooting back court" is really up for grabs at the moment. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant have a claim, but Nash is on the sidelines. Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers have an argument, except Ray doesn't start.

The league is full of shooters, but for some reason, it features few sweet-shooting backcourts. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry have stumbled in 2012-'13, but they probably have the best chance at becoming the premier guard shooting tandem.