Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
I'm quite speechless after watching Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry drop 54 points on the New York Knicks in a losing effort Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, so let's look at some Tweets from Curry's peers while I collect myself.
Marcus Thornton - "Steph curry #Buckets"
J.R. Smith - "you are an All Star in my book any day! Unbelievable game bro!"
Nate Robinson - "@StephenCurry30 is ballllllllllllllllllinnnnnnnnnnn Jim jones voice"
My thoughts exactly.
Curry played all 48 minutes and set a new high game for the NBA this season, besting Kevin Durant's 52 points. He did it by making 11 3-pointers and 18- of-28 overall from the field. That's one shy of the all-time NBA record for 3s in a game.
The effort came just one night after Curry poured in 38 points with seven 3s against the Indiana Pacers, also in a losing effort.
That's two games, 92 points, 18 3-pointers and a .783 3-point shooting percentage.
Despite a lackluster effort in the 3-point contest several weeks ago, Curry is the best pure shooter in the NBA. He has attempted the second-most 3-point field goals per game (7.1) and made the most on 46 percent shooting from that distance, second to Kyle Korver's 46.4 percent on six attempts per game.
Curry also ranks second in the NBA in free-throw percentage -- .906 on 3.6 attempts per game.
Despite dropping 21.9 points per game this season, he has still found time to fulfill his duties as a distributor with 6.5 assists per game. He's also tied for third among guards with 4.1 rebounds per game and 10th in the NBA with 1.7 steals per game.
He has stayed relatively healthy this season after playing just 26 games last season due to ankle issues. That, obviously, has been a major difference-maker. But so has the trade that sent Monta Ellis to Milwaukee last season even though it netted the oft-injured Andrew Bogut, who has played all of 12 games with Golden State.
That deal allowed the Warriors to officially become Curry's team. His career highs in shots per game and 3-point attempts per game prior to this season were 14.3 and 4.8, respectively. In 2012-13, he is setting new per game career highs in field-goal attempts, 3-point attempts and free-throw attempts.
Curry's production has made him the fourth overall player in Yahoo! fantasy leagues this season. The other five players in the top six are NBA All-Stars and MVP candidates -- Kevin Durant, LeBron James, James Harden, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
After Wednesday night, it's time we start recognizing that Curry is part of that echelon, at least in fantasy basketball.