Stephen Curry is one of the NBA’s most exciting players to watch thanks to his unlimited range and arsenal of dribble moves.
Earlier in the summer, while working out with Team USA, a video of Curry embarrassing a trainer with what looks like a new move in his collection made the rounds.
In it, Curry faces up on the defender, puts the ball between the defender’s legs, gathers it, and then steps back for an easy jumper.
- Via Hoopsmixtape/YouTube
However, it appears Curry didn’t actually make up the move himself. In an interview with Complex’s Sean Evans, Curry says he took the move from a high-school player named Dennis Smith, who attended one of his camps.
Smith actually called Curry out for it as the highlight made its rounds:
I put @StephenCurry30 on them moves be using at USA ????
— Dennis Smith Jr. (@Dennis4Smith) August 12, 2015
Curry was open about it then, too:
Yep! Always a student of the game bro. https://t.co/XAeoHJn3cf
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 12, 2015
Curry told Evans that he saw Smith at his camp and liked the move.
“I was sitting on the sidelines and watching all the guys play one-on-one against each other, and we had different groups, and he pulled that move off. He’s a little more athletic than me as a high-schooler – he dunked on somebody. I saw him do it a couple times, and thought, ‘Yeah, that might work for me to get some separation for a jump shot or whatever.'”
Here’s Smith’s move:
- Via YouTube
Curry added, “That was actually the first time I tried it [at Team USA training camp]. It was kind of funny that he saw the clip of me doing it and called me out. I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s how basketball works. I might steal some of your moves. You might steal some of mine. We’ll all try to get better.'”
Whether Curry is willing to pull this off in a game is another matter. While he’s no stranger to embarrassing defenders, he might begin to draw the ire of opponents if he’s making them look this foolish during the NBA season.