If you paid any attention to the NBA last season, you’d know Stephen Curry is an A-grade player.
But for all his hardwood greatness, the Golden State Warriors guard has never made an NBA All-Star team. Why will Curry’s fortune change in his fifth professional year?
Same old offense
This goes for the Warriors and Curry. Head coach Mark Jackson will make few adjustments to an offense that helped the point guard set several career-highs last season (including an NBA-record 272 three-pointers), and the 25-year-old has no reason to suddenly lose the feathery touch of his jumper. Assuming his teammates improve, they will free more space for Curry on the perimeter to align his sights.
Curry isn’t a horrible on-ball defender by any means, but he could vastly improve his consistency, which he and the coaching staff recognize.
“I’m not going to be defensive player of the year. But hopefully I can be top 10 and be able to disrupt some of the best point guards in the world,” the guard explained to San Jose Mercury News.
Competition in the West
The Western Conference is perennially loaded with All-Star talent at the point guard position, but there is currently a small window to exploit. Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook are locks, but when Tony Parker inevitably deteriorates in the near-future, Curry should realistically fend off Ricky Rubio, Damian Lillard, Mike Conley and Jrue Holiday for the third 1-guard role.
Fan votes DO make a difference (ask Yao Ming, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady or Yi Jianlian), and Curry has a lot of those. The former Davidson star has over 875,000 Twitter followers, which ranks him 20th among active players. Curry has an uphill climb to win an All-Star starting spot/popularity contest, but an overwhelming number of ballots in his favor could sway the mind of a coach who selects the reserves.
A Sibling Rivalry
As if Curry didn’t have enough motivation, now his younger brother is scrapping for his minutes. The Warriors signed Seth Curry on August 23, and the siblings will push each other hard in training camp. While we hope there won’t be any physical fights, if the two can practice and train together maturely, the arrangement should benefit both parties.
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