The man who changed basketball forever is back at it again. Stephen Curry is certainly on a mission to remind everyone, why he is the greatest shooter of all time. To our minds, this is an understatement as he has a strong claim to be considered as the greatest ever point guard. It’s not a surprise that all the Asian bookmakers via agent have changed their odds on who will win the MVP award.
To put it in simple terms, during the current season the Baby-Faced Assassin carries the team on his shoulders. Let’s discuss this a little further.
Is Curry a system player?
In the past, people thought of Chef Curry as a system player. Who can blame them? The Golden State Warriors of 15-16, were the greatest team with a perfectly engineered system. However, it is a mistake to consider him as a simple cog in the wheel. The correct attribute is that he was the wheel itself.
Of course, he had excellent teammates, with whom there was perfect chemistry:
- Klay Thompson, considered by many as the 2nd greatest shooter of all time,
- Draymond Green, whose impact on the court is still severely underrated,
- Andrew Bogut, setting the brick walls that gave Curry open shots,
- Andre Igoudala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP giving the Warriors their first title in 40 years
All of them were indispensable parts of the Golden State dynasty. Even after losing to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, Steph was granted the honor of becoming the only unanimous MVP in history, after the 73-9 record of the regular season.
Curry’s legacy after Durant
Then, the greatest off-season transfer in NBA’s history happened. Kevin Durant decided to team up with Steph, Klay, and Draymond.
Suddenly the dynasty everyone cheered for, became the focal point for hatred. Most of it was aimed towards Durant, who had lost to the Warriors as a player of Thunder in the post-season.
Curry’s legacy took a hit as well. The best player of the greatest team ever, was going to play second fiddle to Durant. To some extent, this was true. Kevin Durant, without a doubt, was the best player on this team, as proven by the fact that he went on to win the Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018 with the Warriors. However, on the discussion on which player had the greater impact on these two consecutive championships, the jury is still out.
The long-awaited outrageous season
The next season marked the end of the Warriors dynasty. The Dubs lost to the Raptors in the finals after Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suffered season-ending injuries. Believing his mission in San Francisco came to an end, Durant joined forces with Kyrie at Brooklyn. With KD gone and Thompson recovering from his ACL injury, everyone was expecting Curry to have an unparalleled season in 2019, as it was clear that it would be his one-man show. The team curse of injuries struck again and, only 5 games into the regular season, Steph broke his hand, delaying his “prove-it” season for a year.
Before the 2020-21 season started, Steph was ready to return and get his team into the title-race. Yet the shocking news about Klay Thompson’s Achilles injury, caused new levels of disappointment. The Splash Brothers would not be present for another season, but, Curry was waiting for it like a bomb ready to go off.
The rest is history. We are only a third of the way into 2020-21 and the Golden Boy has already proven that he is not an ordinary player. Averaging 29.5 points per game, the 32-year-old is having his second-best season with 48-43-94 shooting splits, not to mention that he has broken a few records. On January 3, he dispelled all critics, scoring a career-high 62 points against the Blazers. On January 24, he surpassed Reggie Miller for the number 2 spot of the most 3 pointers made in NBA history.
It’s as clear as glass that Curry will continue to shine, even though he is not a part of a well-oiled machine anymore. Besides Draymond Green, whose old-self is slowly also returning, there is no one he can trust in this team. No matter how the 2020-21 season ends for the Dubs, it will only prove the fact that Curry is not a system player. He is the system itself.