Entering the 2020-21 season, the expectation around the Golden State Warriors centered on a comeback campaign for Stephen Curry. The star guard has more than met those standards behind what’s been an MVP-caliber start to the campaign. As Curry works through his resurgent season, he has a scary message for the rest of the league.
Stephen Curry returns to MVP-caliber form
Following a disappointing campaign plagued by injuries, Stephen Curry has bounced back in a significant way this season.
Curry has reminded the entire league of his elite offensive ability behind another MVP-caliber start. The 32-year-old is currently fourth with 29.5 points on 47.8% shooting from the floor and 41.3% from 3-point range, along with 6.4 assists.
His play has guided the Warriors into the playoff picture, currently sitting as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Curry has been an offensive juggernaut as he’s tied a career-best streak of 14 straight games with at least 25 points scored.
The eight-time All-Star has notched 20 or more points 29 times, including 30 or more 15 times, 40 or more three times, 50 or more twice, and a career-high 62 points. Despite the Warriors’ roster not possessing the same caliber of talent as their championship teams, Curry has shined offensively to the same levels of his MVP-winning campaigns.
As he works through his 12th season, he has a frightening message for the rest of the league.
Stephen Curry fires a warning shot to the rest of the NBA
Stephen Curry is back to playing some of the best basketball of his career that has guided the Warriors into playoff contention.
Curry’s resurgent season has sprung forth questions concerning the trajectory of his remaining NBA career. As he moves through his 30s, Curry voiced that he believes he can maintain his play through the next several years. (H/T Yahoo Sports)
“I’ve had good juice about it coming into this season, and it’s obviously showing on the court,” he said. “My body feels great, the work I’ve put in in the offseason kind of manifested and has given me more confidence that this is going to be the norm for the foreseeable future.”
Curry did note that having that time away from the court last offseason due to a wrist injury allowed him to refresh his body.
During the Warriors’ five-year run with consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the team played 1 1/2 season’s worth of games that physically took its toll on him.
With his body and mind refreshed, it’s given Curry the confidence that he can continue to dominant offensive for years to come.
Future ahead remains bright in Golden State
The Warriors received a crushing blow before the 2020-21 season after star guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
Thompson’s absence does significantly impact the team’s chances to compete for an NBA title this season. However, his return to the fold next campaign will provide a much-needed boost. Stephen Curry has also quickly proven that he has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level.
Meanwhile, Draymond Green is still a critical glue piece to the puzzle, while rookie James Wiseman has shown flashes of promise. The team has plenty of youth on the roster, but another big splash move could lie ahead in the offseason or beyond that to bolster the franchise.
With Curry leading the charge, there is plenty of optimism that the Warriors can soon return to being a title-contending team.