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The Steph Curry effect on All-Star events is real

Steph Curry celebrating his monster peformance in the 2022 All-Star game

Steph Curry celebrating his monster peformance in the 2022 All-Star game

Steph Curry changed the game forever. He revolutionized the geometry of the basketball court. We see kids pulling up logo 3s in gyms because of it. However, the Curry effect has its downside and he’s being blamed for it.

Giannis blames Curry for ruining the Dunk Contest

The Dunk Contest in Cleveland was a letdown. The contestants attempted multiple times, which took the surprise factor out of their dunks. Jalen Green, Obi Toppin, Cole Anthony, and Julian Toscano-Anderson were all criticized on social media, but for Giannis Antetokounmpo, if there’s one person to blame, it’s Steph Curry.

It could be that this year’s boring Slam Dunk contest was just an isolated incident, but changes need to be done soon before fans lose interest. Was the GSW star to blame for it? Giannis was obviously joking but here’s why fans can’t help but think that the Steph Curry effect is real in this year’s All-Star events in Cleveland.

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The Steph Curry effect

The NBA 3-point contest was more fun to watch than the Dunk Contest. Karl-Anthony Towns unexpectedly won the shootout after going nuclear in the finals against Luke Kennard and Trae Young. KAT became the first big man to win the 3-point contest after Dirk Nowitzki did it in 2006. Big men winning a 3-point contest may or may not be a Steph Curry effect, but it’s not as unimaginable before, given how many centers attempt shots beyond the arc in the current NBA.

The Mountain Dew ball was introduced in the 3-point contest to add a twist. The ball is worth three points, more than the colored ball, and located farther than the 3-point line. We’ve seen Steph and Damian Lillard shoot logo 3s, and it probably inspired the organizers to add the Mountain Dew spot and reward long-range bombs from elite snipers. Before, there were some discussions if the NBA needs to add a 4-point line. Talks never progressed, but it was an idea that had been floated before.

Meanwhile, some social media reactions blame Curry for the missed floaters of Scottie Barnes and Tyrese Maxey, who combined to miss six layup attempts during the NBA Rising Stars Shooting Contest.

Linking Steph to how young stars miss point-blank attempts is a stretch, but online commenters see the connection. Steph didn't just change the geometry of the court - he changed its center of gravity. Players grow up playing through AAU, and all they learn is to jack up shots and, obviously, change teams every year. 

If they only asked Steph what unlocked his perimeter game so he could explain to them, it was the balance he achieved after developing a killer arsenal from the paint that made him the best shooter in the history of the game.  

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