Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history. He should eventually pass Ray Allen for most 3-pointers ever made and is currently seventh all-time in 3-point percentage.
Seemingly every game he plays, Curry does something mind-boggling that leaves fans and players speechless. His most famous move is when he turns around before a 3-pointer goes in, a trick Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James used against the Houston Rockets in 2020-21.
One of the first times Curry shot a 3-pointer and turned around before it went in was against the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 playoffs, and Andre Iguodala still remembers what his Nuggets teammates said when they saw it.
Stephen Curry shot 3-pointer, turned around and told Nuggets players to shut up
Curry and the Warriors faced Iguodala and the Nuggets in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. During one of the games, Curry shot a 3-pointer in front of the Nuggets’ bench and turned around before it went in to tell the Denver players to “shut up” since they were yelling at him trying to distract him.
“When I was in Denver and played them in a series, he shot a shot in front of the bench, and the whole team’s going crazy like close to him,” Iguodala said. “And he let the ball go and turns around and tells them to shut up. Ball is like mid-air, it’s like not even close to the rim, and the whole team went like, ‘Yo, I’ve never seen that before.’ During the game in that moment.”
Curry averaged 24.3 points against the Nuggets, leading the Warriors to a series win in six games. Iguodala signed with Golden State in the summer of 2014 as a free agent and won three titles with Curry and the Dubs. He even took home the Finals MVP Award in 2015.
Curry has shot a 3-pointer and turned around before it went in several times during his legendary career with the Warriors. He’s a two-time MVP, three-time champion, and future Hall of Famer. However, his days of competing for a title could be over.
Stephen Curry may not compete for another title
Curry is a superstar of the highest order. As long as he stays healthy, the seven-time All-Star should compete for more scoring titles and MVPs.
However, the Warriors may not win another championship in the Curry era. Draymond Green is getting older and looked like a liability on offense in 2020-21 due to his inability to shoot. Moreover, Klay Thompson is coming back from two serious injuries, and while he’s still going to be a great shooter, his body may not hold up for 82 games since he’s returning from an ACL and Achilles tear.
Unless the Warriors trade for a superstar to pair with Curry, Thompson, and Green, their dynasty could be over. The Western Conference is tough as nails, and teams who are already better than the Dubs are only going to get stronger as the years go by due to player development and postseason experience.
Curry has nothing left to prove in the NBA. However, it will presumably eat at him not to compete for another championship while other stars are. The only way the Warriors can become title contenders again is by acquiring a superstar guard who may be looking for a new home.
Warriors should offer everyone except for Steph and Klay Thompson for Damian Lillard
If Damian Lillard plans to request a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors need to offer everyone except for Curry and Thompson. A deal could possibly get done if Golden State offers Green, James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Eric Paschall, and future draft picks for Lillard.
While the odds of the Blazers trading Lillard to a Western Conference rival are severely low, the Warriors should do whatever it takes (besides trading Curry and Thompson) to acquire the All-NBA guard and see if Portland will budge if Dame requests a trade.
It will be fascinating to see how the rest of Curry’s career shapes up with the Warriors. We will likely see more spectacular individual moments, but the days of seeing Curry in the NBA Finals could be over unless a blockbuster trade takes place.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.