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Mark Jackson’s challenge to Stephen Curry: Commit fewer turnovers

Oct 7, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry AP

Stephen Curry is coming off of a breakout season for the Warriors, one in which he averaged career-bests in points, assists, and minutes played.

But Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is a master motivator, and he wants Curry to continue to improve. So he provided him with a little project.

The challenge he posed to his star player for the upcoming season: Do a better job of taking care of the basketball, i.e., cut down on the turnovers.

From David Aldridge of

Mark Jackson: My only thing with Steph, and he knows it, is that he has to do a better job taking care of the basketball. I asked him before camp started, what’s the biggest thing for him in camp? And he said ‘taking care of the basketball.’ And I said, no. And he looked at me like I was crazy. And I said, no — coming out of camp healthy. That’s the biggest thing. So I don’t want to put any demands on his body, or doing crazy stuff in the middle of practice, trying to split two guys and spin. Take care of the basketball, continually get better, and stay healthy.

Curry’s been steady at 3.1 turnovers per game throughout his career, though that number dipped the season before last in a limited sample size due to Curry appearing in just 26 games due to injury.

His turnover ratio isn’t horrible at 10.5, but it’s middle of the pack when you look at the league as a whole, and it’s on par with big men like Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin, and Zach Randolph — players who get swarmed by defenders inside while trying to finish in traffic.

Considering how much Curry has the ball in his hands, Jackson is right to focus on this relatively small area of concern. And it won’t be difficult for Curry to show marked improvement quickly if he’s truly focused on it.

  1. misterdreamer119 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    oh and how about not injuring those girly ankles.

  2. lakerade - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I bet he does it too, or close. Too many weapons on that team for him to force anything, and not leaving his feet to pass so often would help as well. If he can be the steadying anchor of reliability, not splitting duties with Jarrrett Jack (yes, gone), then his efficiency will also set the table for teammates. Hopefully. For them.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Mark Jackson was a true point guard, if Steph can incorporate some of coaches game with his skill set, he will be scary good.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Stephen Curry shoots 59% at the rim; that could certainly be improved. I know he’s a small guy and small guys don’t necessarily have the strength to finish strong but Steve Nash always does it. There’s veteran moves and tricks to get layups.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      By the way, Steve Nash always shoots over 70% at the rim. Hoopdata is my source.

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