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December 2, 2016

Strange But True!

Q. Mathematically speaking, Golden State Warriors basketball star Steph Curry shouldn't exist, says Mental Floss magazine. But he does and so do his numbers. Can you cite a few of these as envisioned by the numbers crunchers Bethlehem Shoals and Silverbird 5000?

A. Curry is a 190-pound, 6-foot-3-inch human package who possesses “outrageous core strength” and can deadlift 400 pounds for a ratio rivaling competitive bodybuilders, say the crunchers. And this one's so amazing it sounds “ridiculous”: The NBA three-point line ranges from 22-24 feet from the basket, yet Curry regularly sinks shots from 30 feet — more than anyone in the league. He succeeds in making 46.7 percent of his shots from far behind the three-point line, whereas the NBA as a whole makes only 45.2 percent of its shots from anywhere. Last season, Curry made 21 30-foot three-point shots, while NBA runner-up Klay Thompson made only 3.

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