With two MVPs and three titles under his belt, Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry is a lock to make the Hall of Fame one day. The former Davidson star is the best shooter in NBA history and could go down as the greatest player in Warriors franchise history.
Critics of Curry will always point to how Steph has zero Finals MVPs and hasn’t had success without Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant next to him. However, there is no debating that Curry is one of the top guards in league history and a once-in-a-generation player. The Warriors sharpshooter changed the way offenses play nowadays, as more and more teams are starting to shoot deep 3-pointers.
Stephen Curry only played in five games last season due to a broken hand, which is why the Warriors finished the campaign with the worst record in the NBA. With the two-time MVP back in the fold this season, the Warriors were expected to compete for a championship.
However, Golden State doesn’t even look like a playoff team through the first two games of 2020-21.
Stephen Curry and the Dubs have gotten blown out in both games to begin 2020-21
The Warriors have started the 2020-21 season with two blowout losses. Stephen Curry and Co. lost to the Brooklyn Nets on opening night by a final score of 125-99. Golden State then got humiliated by the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas, losing 138-99.
While it’s only two games, the Warriors have looked awful, and it doesn’t appear Curry’s greatness will be able to save Golden State. The Western Conference is stacked from top to bottom, which means the Warriors will never have an off day playing against teams in their conference. The return of All-Star power forward Draymond Green to the lineup will certainly help Curry and the Warriors, but the former Defensive Player of the Year likely won’t have that big of an impact on the offensive end since he’s pretty limited in what he can do on that side of the floor.
The Warriors can easily win their next two games against the lowly Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. However, things don’t look promising for Stephen Curry and the Dubs when they face teams in the West.
The Warriors aren’t the same without Klay Thompson
Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his left ACL tear. Everyone in Golden State, most notably Stephen Curry, was looking forward to Thompson returning to the lineup this season and helping the Warriors return to the promised land.
Unfortunately, Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon during a pick-up game in LA, so he will miss the 2020-21 season. Without Klay next to Steph in the backcourt, the Warriors aren’t title contenders.
Thompson has career averages of 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 41.9% from beyond the arc. That is production the Warriors are going to miss all season. Thompson is also one of the best defenders in the NBA, so it’s not a surprise that Golden State’s defense has been putrid without him.
Teams can easily double-team Stephen Curry on the perimeter since the Warriors don’t have another high-level scorer. Without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to worry about, opposing defenses can focus all of their attention on Curry and dare Steph’s teammates to beat them.
Stephen Curry likely won’t win another title with the Warriors
The hope within the Warriors organization is that Klay Thompson returns for the 2021-22 season as Stephen Curry’s partner in crime. However, after missing back-to-back seasons, the odds of Thompson playing at a superstar level are very low. Klay will have his vintage games here and there, but for the most part, he will likely be rusty.
Since the Western Conference is so rugged and Curry is getting older, the Warriors probably won’t win another title in the Steph era. The LA Lakers aren’t going anywhere with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way, the LA Clippers will always be better than the Warriors as long as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are in the fold, and up-and-coming teams such as the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets have more talent than Curry’s Warriors.
The Dubs can still make the playoffs this season without Thompson playing, but it’s not going to be easy for Steve Kerr’s group. Golden State fans hoping for another title with Curry in town, though, shouldn’t get their hopes up.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.