Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has won the 2020-21 NBA scoring title, averaging 32.0 points per game to beat out Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (31.3 PPG).
This is the second time in Curry's career that he has lead the league in points per game; he also did it in 2015-16 when he averaged 30.1 points.
Curry entered today's game against the Memphis Grizzlies averaging 31.8 points per game, while Beal was at 31.4. After Beal scored just 25 points (on 8-27 from the field and 3-11 from three-point range) earlier today against the Charlotte Hornets, Curry's lead was safe.
Curry's 32.0 points per game is a new career-high and he may be playing the best basketball of his career, which is incredible considering he's 33 years old and a two-time MVP.
He caught on fire in the second-half of the campaign; in April, he averaged 37.3 points per game and shattered the NBA record for most threes in a month with 96 (which was 14 more than the previous record held by James Harden).
Michael Jordan and Curry are the only players who have won a scoring crown at age-33 or older. Recently, Curry was a guest on "The Rex Chapman Show" and Chapman asked him how he's been able to produce Jordan-esque numbers as a 6-foot-3 shooter.
“A lot of it is probably hand-eye coordination, footwork and all of that,” Curry said. “I mean, as a shooter, you’re blessed with a certain level of just natural skill, and then you add to that with the work and the reps and the pursuit of perfection in that respect. But a big part of it, too, is the conditioning aspect of the game. I was watching some old-school Pistons-Nuggets game, it was the highest-scoring game in NBA history in, I think, the early ['80s], and I was just watching the pace in that game and analyzing it, and I'm like... I cover so much more ground in an average game than what I just watched in that Hardwood Classics [game].
“And a lot of that is to my advantage because there are a lot stronger, faster, more athletic guys out there -- especially defenders that try to make your life miserable out there -- but I try to counter that by never staying in the same spot for more than a second and covering as much ground as possible and never getting tired. Over the course of my 34-35 minutes that I play in a game, you’re going to tire other guys out and you’re gonna find more space, on top of just using your ball-handling and court awareness and IQ and all of that stuff.
“But the biggest piece for any young kid who’s playing the game is: be comfortable with who you are as a basketball player. I had some temptations of, ‘I wish I could just dunk,’ or, ‘I wish I could just drive down the lane and...’ You always get fascinated by what you can’t do. I see LeBron and I’m like, ‘I wish I could do some of the stuff that he does physically.’ You can't get wrapped up in that and distracted by that. At the end of the day, I am my own type of basketball player and I gotta do what I can to be successful.”
A Western Conference player has now won the scoring title in eight-straight seasons, as noted by Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.