Stephen Curry is heading into his 13th season with the hope of building off his MVP-caliber performance. As the franchise’s guiding force, Curry just placed significant pressure on the Golden State Warriors to return to NBA title contention.
Stephen Curry returns to elite status
Curry entered last season with plenty of motivation to prove he’s still one of the game’s best talents.
The Warriors star guard answered the bell by putting together an MVP-caliber campaign by averaging a league-best 32.0 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the floor and 42.1% from beyond the arc, along with 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Curry became the oldest player since Hall of Famer Michael Jordan to secure a scoring title, while his 38 contests with at least 30 points scored last season are the most since the former Chicago Bulls great.
As he heads into his 13th campaign, Curry voiced a stern message to the Warriors’ front office.
Stephen Curry just dropped tremendous pressure on the Warriors to be aggressive
After narrowly missing the playoffs, the Warriors head into this upcoming season hoping to return to NBA title contention.
Golden State will have to overcome the early hurdle of Klay Thompson missing the first two months. However, it hasn’t changed Curry’s mindset. During Warriors Media Day, the two-time league MVP confirmed the desire for the team to remain aggressive in improving the roster despite the team facing a massive luxury tax bill.
“Yes,” he said. “To all those answers.” “Yes, in the sense of we’re having those conversations where you have to be on the same page in terms of what would fill that role and that need,” he said. “But yes, I would expect all three of those questions to be yes.”
Curry is primed for another incredibly productive campaign, but he certainly wants to spend that with a serious push toward NBA title contention. However, the Warriors face paying the luxury tax for the fourth time in the last five years with just over $50 million for this upcoming season.
Despite that, the front office hasn’t shied away from opportunities to improve the roster. That trend won’t change, especially after Curry inked a four-year, $215.4 million extension this past offseason. In other words, the star point guard holds much gravity in putting pressure on the organization to put forth a title-contending team.
Golden State could pursue Ben Simmons
As the Philadelphia 76ers remain at odds with star point guard Ben Simmons, his future sits at an uncertain crossroad.
Simmons recently spiced up the situation after informing the team he wanted out while stating he won’t attend training camp or play another game in a 76ers uniform. Reports indicated he wants to land with a team located in California.
The Warriors remain linked to the three-time All-Star throughout the summer, but the franchise is among the teams wary of meeting the 76ers’ desired trade package headlined by an All-Star talent in return. Meanwhile, reports surfaced that Golden State had some internal concerns about Simmons fit alongside Curry.
The 33-year-old recently stocked the trade chatter flames after subtly voicing that the organization was having conversations concerning acquiring Simmons.
“Let’s say if you’re not having those conversations, then you’re not trying, let’s put it that way,” Curry remarked during a recent interview on Peacock’s Brother From Another podcast.
Although the Warriors haven’t inched toward a serious pursuit of Simmons, he is a possibility for the franchise if things remain unresolved.