Golden State Warriors: 3 Things Stephen Curry Can Improve On Next Season

2. Curry should work on getting into the paint more and drawing more fouls.

Mar 20, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a free throw during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

For Curry, drawing more fouls will go hand in hand with building up more strength. As Curry grows stronger, he will be able to get into the lane more and draw more fouls because his body will able to absorb more contact. During the Warriors’ series against the Spurs, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had a couple poor shooting nights, but they were able to contribute significantly by getting into the lane and drawing fouls. By shooting free throws, this allowed them to find a little rhythm with their shooting stroke. In Game 6, Parker knocked down a couple clutch three-pointers after shooting poorly all night and drawing fouls.

Throughout his career, Curry hasn’t shown he can get into the paint consistently, especially in close games where a trip to the foul line could significantly help his team or slow an opponent’s momentum. Curry claims that since he shoots the ball so well, he sometimes settles for a jump shot in certain situation instead of trying to get into the paint.

“But I’m learning throughout this playoff series that you can’t rely on that and that being able to get to the foul line or get easy points in the paint and that kind of deal will stop the bleeding on certain runs that teams have and put yourself and your team in good positions to not have lulls offensively,” Curry said in his exit interview.

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