Steph identifies the next best shooter on Team USA after him

Steph identifies Team USA’s next best shooter after originally appearing on NBC Sports Bay Area

Steph Curry will play in the U.S. men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Team Canada on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but the next-best shooter on the roster, in his opinion, won’t.

Kevin Durant, Curry’s former teammate on the Warriors from 2016-19, will miss the game while recovering from a calf injury.

Curry, while speaking to reporters at Team USA’s training camp on Sunday, was asked who the best shooter on the roster was besides himself, and he explained why it was Durant.

“I’ve seen it up close and personal over those (three) years we played together,” Curry said. “But we’ve got shooters all over the floor. That’s the beauty of USAB with this team. It’s picking the poison that you like the most. And a lot of trust with whoever’s taking the open shot, but I’ve seen KD up close and I know he’s a sharpshooter from anywhere.”

During Durant’s three years with Golden State, he shot 52.4 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Durant, over his 16-year NBA career with the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns, has a field goal shooting percentage of 50.1 percent and a three-point shooting percentage of 38.7 percent.

Curry and Durant are arguably the two best shooters on a roster packed with Team USA players.

Among the 12 players, all of them NBA All-Stars, no one comes close to Curry’s career 42.6 percent 3-point percentage. Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, in a much smaller sample size, is next best at 39.3 percent from 3-point range.

The only players with a better field goal percentage than Durant are Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (50.6) and the roster’s three centers: Bam Adebayo (54.7), Anthony Davis (52.3) and Joel Embiid (50.4). All four have much lower 3-point percentages than Durant.

Curry, the NBA’s leading regular-season 3-point scorer, knows what Durant is capable of. After all, the two-time NBA Finals MVP made impressive 3-pointers in Game 3 of back-to-back Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018.

Once Durant is healthy, Curry knows Team USA has one of the most lethal shooters at its disposal.

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