Kevin Durant has a lot of respect for Steph Curry’s incredible ability to score three points. Durant initially indicated that Curry would win when reporters asked him who would win a three-point contest between Curry and his Brooklyn Nets teammate Yuta Watanabe. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old clarified his response when informed that he could not participate. Durant told reporters after the Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-115 on Sunday at Barclays Center:
Reporter: "Kevin, who would you take in a 3-point contest right now, Yuta or Steph?"
You have to hear this answer from KD 😂 pic.twitter.com/Orq8W5eQt2
— NBA (@NBA) November 21, 2022
Watanabe is likely one of the biggest surprises of the 2022-23 NBA season because of his ability to score from beyond the arc, in contrast to Curry, whose ability to shoot 3-pointers has been well-documented. The 6-foot-8 forward currently leads the NBA in 3-point shooting, shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range on 1.9 attempts per game. Watanabe demonstrated a propensity to make open 3-pointers earlier this season, nailing them 35 percent of the time throughout his career.
Curry, on the other hand, is 18th in the league with 44.7 percent and 11.8 attempts per game, defying time in more than one way. Curry has attempted 188 3-pointers thus far, and his 44.7 percent conversion rate ranks third among players who have attempted 100 or more attempts, behind Desmond Bane (45.1 percent on 102 attempts) and Kevin Huerter (49.5 percent on 111 attempts). – Steve Sijenyi