Poster of the Year
Btw I don't like how ppl are trying to diminish Steph. He's the #1 reason, whether you like it or not, that basketball is played the way it is today. And with that being said, he's the only one to win consecutive rings in the past decade. Everyone is trying to copy the style(you saw that shyt Boston was trying) but only Steph and the warriors were consistently winning with it.
He's absolutely not, but at least his fans will always have the satisfaction of people thinking that he is.
Analytics has always driven the three-point shooting trend. It began before Steph and never accelerated meaningfully because of Steph, for the obvious reason that 90% of the NBA doesn't have a player like Steph and is under no illusions that they do. Steph is the greatest result of the new style of play, not the cause. He didn't even average 5 threes/game until his 4th year in the NBA, didn't average 10 threes/game until his 7th year, and Golden State trailed Houston in implementing the new style of play. He was able to take off as a star BECAUSE analytics-driven coaching allowed him to start letting loose from range.
In 2013, Golden State was 13th in threes.
In 2014, they were 6th, despite starting Steph, Klay, and Iggy with Barnes as the 6th man, because Jackson wasn't an analytics guy.
2015, their first title year, they were still back in 4th, trailing the Blazers, Cleveland, and WAY behind Houston who was already shooting 33 threes/game. The Cavs made the Finals shooting more threes than the Warriors did, and would have won too if Kyrie/Love didn't get hurt.
2016 was the one year they led in threes, barely in front of a tight pack. And they lost the title that year, to a Cleveland squad that during the regular season had been shooting almost as many threes as they were.
2017 they fell to fifth place, a full NINE threes a game behind Houston, who was shooting 40 threes/game now. Yet they won the title easily.
2018, Golden State was now 16th in threes. Literally the majority of the NBA was shooting more threes than they were. Yet they won again.
2019 the Warriors were 8th in threes, and would have won again if not for injuries. They were beat by a team that was 11th but with almost the exact same # as them.
Saying that Steph created the new wave doesn't make any sense, because no one plays like Steph. Houston is the team being copying, Cleveland is the team being copied, not the Warriors. Name a Steph copycat in the league? You can't say Dame cause he was already playing like that. You can't say Luka or Trae because they're more like Harden. Hield was 2nd in threes last year but he's more like Klay. Who is the Steph copycat, really?
If you've been paying attention, you'll realize that Steph is the mascot for the new wave. He's the face of the three-point shot. But he's never been the cause. The drive to analytics caused all of this.