Written by JBuckets36
I REALLY wanted to try out this Steph once I saw his stats, plus after many nightmarish experiences with Current Steph and the most broken jumpshot of all time, I really wanted to have faith 2K would have fixed this card for his MVP version... I was sorely mistaken. And no, I am not a Curry hater just writing a bad review. I truly wanted this card to be at least half as good a shooter as it should be, but it's not.
Bought for: 40k MT
Inside scoring: Pretty good at finishing near the rim - His layup animation is extreme cheese, if a defender is facing you it is basically un-blockable, but I've had people help from the sides and send that stuff to the 10th row several times.
Defending: On ball I always play the opposing PG 94 feet, bump hard and try to force 8 seconds. Steph's high steal rating makes him extremely good at getting broken bump-steals just by running into the opposing PG, so it's very easy to steal the ball before the other PG even gets it past the timeline.
- Speed: Unfortunately you can't get speed shoes with Under Armor, but the 94 quickness and 85 speed on this card feels great in the game. Very easy to get by defenders/run the break with Steph.
Shooting: Yes, I know, "It's Steph Curry! What do you mean he can't shoot?!" Well, anybody who has used Steph Curry in 2k16 knows what I'm saying. This card CAN NOT shoot. And I don't mean he simply can't shoot from 30-40 feet like real Steph, I mean in this game Steph Curry more than any player I've used simply CAN'T shoot from virtually anywhere outside the paint. In my experience with this card, you HAVE to get a green release without a defender within 10 feet any direction to have the ball go in. If he is wide open in the corner and it's a pixel away from the middle line and being a green, he will most likely miss. I've tried badging him up fully, I've tried using him as a spot-up shooting guard, everything. MVP Derrick Rose and Allen Iverson are much more consistent and accurate 3 point shooters in my experience, even though their 3pt ratings are 20 below Steph's. Even in practice mode, jump shots do not go in with this guy unless it is green, and his jumpshot animation is awful to top it off, so it may take a while to consistently get greens.
- Rebounding: He's not Westbrook or Magic or Oscar, he can't really rebound. Not that he is supposed to.
Recommended Strategy: 1-on-1 Iso and use his quickness to blow past your defender and drive the rim, play full-court to get cheese bump-steals. Only pull 3s if everybody on the opposing team has died or is on the opposite side of the court and you get 20 seconds to allow Steph to think about his life before shooting.
Use if: You understand this guy is not the dead-eye shooter he deserves to be, you like to play aggressive defense and get to the rim.
Don't use if: You want a shooter to drain threes all day.
Bottom Line: Do NOT use this card if you do not have the patience to spend a long time getting down his release. If you have been thinking of buying a great 3-point shooter to destroy defenses, stick with Moments Damian Lillard (either) or SGs like Mitch Richmond. The time it takes to get down Steph's timing, plus the seemingly broken jumpshot as it is, is not in any way worth the MT.