Stephen Curry has built quite the resume these past few years; NBA Champion, two time league MVP, (first ever unanimous), scoring title, 50-40-90 season, 400 3’s made in a season (NBA record), and 13 3’s made in a game (NBA record).
The bar of excellence he’s set for himself is nearly impossible to duplicate or improve upon. His 2015-16 season is historically great, there’s no denying that, you don’t become the leagues first ever unanimous MVP by being mediocre.
To average 30, lead the league in field goals made, 3’s made and attempted while shooting it at a 45% clip, and again leading the league in free throw percentage for a 4th time. It can be argued that Curry’s season last year is the greatest shooting season from a player ever. How do you raise the bar from that?
The addition of Kevin Durant certainly affected Curry in the beginning of the season, as he clearly went out of his way in getting Durant acclimated to the system and to get the former MVP comfortable in his new home. In a season filled with superhuman performances in the year prior, Curry was simply human at times during this season, imagine that? Although he did bust out for an nba record 13 3’s made in a game early in the season.
To say Curry has underperformed or is overrated is simply laughable. The Warriors have won 60+ games for a third straight season, closing in on a third straight #1 seeding in the Western Conference and have played the last 16 games without Durant and won 12 of them. As for Curry he holds averages of 25ppg, nearly 5 rebounds and 7 assists per game as well, while shooting 46% from the field and 40% from 3.
Durant is a top 3 player in the NBA, but make no mistake about it, Curry is the Warriors MVP and they tend to go as he goes. The Warriors lost games and weren’t solid, in stretches where Curry was in the midst of a shooting slump, ironically.
Curry has found his shot and rhythm as both the playoffs and Durant’s return loom ahead. A scary sight for the opposition in April, May, and likely June. There will be no third straight MVP for Curry, but a bigger goal of a third straight finals appearance remains, where Curry and the Warriors will be looking for redemption.
“I took a lot of for just not performing at the level i expect myself to, and it’s obviously the biggest stage we can possibly have. I haven’t gotten over it, i mean it’s something that’ll live with you forever,” Curry said.
Curry’s lone mission is to return to the finals, perform to his own expectations and finish the job. If he and the Warriors execute the plan and succeed in their quest for redemption, then more hardware will be added to Curry’s resume.