If NBA fans forgot about Stephen Curry‘s talent on a basketball court, this season has given those a very clear reminder. The Golden State Warriors star guard is stringing together another impressive campaign in his illustrious career. As Curry moves through his 12th season, he has revealed a surprising source of inspiration for his play.
Stephen Curry’s return to offensive dominance
The 2020-21 season has been everything and more as Stephen Curry has re-established himself as one of the game’s best talents.
Curry is putting together an MVP-caliber campaign as he’s fourth in the league with 29.6 points along with 6.5 assists while shooting 41.3% from 3-point range. His offensive production has mirrored much of what he showcased in his unanimous MVP-winning 2015-16 season.
The 32-year-old continues to amaze behind his often jaw-dropping play in his 12th campaign. With that, Curry recently revealed a surprising source of inspiration for his performance on the court.
Stephen Curry has drawn inspiration from unexpected source
As Stephen Curry moves through his illustrious NBA career, he continues to draw inspiration from many different areas.
Before the 2021 All-Star Game, Curry revealed an unexpected source for motivation to improve his craft in EuroLeague star Juan Carlos Navarro. (H/T NBC Sports)
“I played against him one time in international basketball and seen a lot of film,” Curry said. “His creativity, his shot selection, his rhythm on the floor — it jumps off the screen when you play against him. I’ve seen him take the one-footed 3s and the way he moved all around the floor, I learned a little of what I could implement into my game. I’ve tried the one-foot 3s a couple of times, made a couple.
“Definitely some inspiration there, and any guy you can kind of see yourself in when you’re out there on the floor you obviously pay attention to and there’s an opportunity every time to expand your skill set by what you see other guys do. Definitely, he’s been on my radar for sure.”
Although Navarro spent only a year in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, he made his name overseas. Navarro is currently one of just six players to receive the EuroLeague Basketball Legend Award. Navarro accomplished it all during his time in the EuroLeague before his retirement in 2018.
The fact that Curry has drawn inspiration from him to hone his skills speaks to the impact Navarro has on the game. More than that, it shows that the two-time NBA MVP has an unwavering desire to always improve.
Warriors’ game plan ahead is clear
Beyond drawing inspiration from another basketball player, what this season has proven is that Stephen Curry is still at the top of his game.
Curry’s performance this year has given him the ultimate confidence he can maintain his play for the foreseeable future. He has the opportunity ahead to several more highly productive campaigns while potentially getting back into the NBA title window.
The 32-year-old is still the foundational piece that the Warriors can build the team around. The question now becomes what can Golden State provide Curry in the next chapter of his career.
He’s currently in the fourth year of his five-year, $201.1 million deal, which should see an extension worked out shortly. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson’s return could be pivotal in helping push the franchise back into title contention.
The Warriors will also have financial flexibility and the appeal for players wanting to play alongside Curry. Simply put, the pieces are there for Golden State to get back atop the mountain.