Stephen Curry has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the league. Curry is coming off an injury-plagued campaign that coincided with the Golden State Warriors struggling to find consistent success. The Warriors have the fresh opportunity to get back on track next season, which Curry’s trainer has already provided some promising hype around the Warriors star guard.
Stephen Curry’s 2019-20 season
However, the campaign didn’t shape up as they hoped in any reasonable manner. The loss of Kevin Durant and many of their key bench players took an expected significant hit on the franchise. The injury bug made the biggest difference as Curry missed most of the abbreviated season after he suffered a fractured wrist four games into the year.
The two-time league MVP did return just before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus. He appeared in one game in early March against the Toronto Raptors, where he posted 23 points along with seven assists and six rebounds. Curry would have likely played more games to get his feet under him, but the remainder of the Warriors’ season was ended as they didn’t qualify for the 22-team Orlando bubble.
Despite that, Curry’s trainer has Warriors fans buzzing about the star guard ahead of next season.
Stephen Curry’s trainer believes he’s still evolving as a player
Stephen Curry has put plenty of work into becoming an elite talent through his first decade-plus in the league.
Curry has continued to refine his offensively ability each year that has helped him remain among the best scoring and shooting talents the league has ever had. With that in mind, his trainer, Brandon Payne, voiced last week on The Habershow podcast with NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh that the 32-year-old is still evolving as a player.
“He’s a young 32. He’s still gaining strength, he’s still gaining power, he’s still getting faster. Those aren’t things you see out of guys that are 32 years old. He’s still refining movement patterns, and all athletes develop at different speeds … not only is his skill level evolving continually, but is body still is developing. And that is a rare thing for a guy at 32 in the NBA.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that Curry has ramped up his workout, especially after missing most of last season due to injury. There is plenty for him to prove, and his increased strength and speed are telling signs.
The extended offseason could see him come back with a more profound offensive repertoire. Curry is already a dynamic scorer behind his impressive shooting ability. If he returns any bit quicker, it certainly bodes well for the Warriors’ future moving forward.
Warriors hoping to bounce back next season
The Warriors dealing with a slew of injuries last season chalked up the campaign as a lost year.
Many expect the franchise to retool and refocus toward getting back into the NBA title picture. The team will have the healthy returns of star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Meanwhile, mid-season trade acquisition Andrew Wiggins has an opportunity to secure a long-term future with Golden State.
The Warriors possess the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, which they could use to bring in a promising young talent or a trade asset to add proven talent. Golden State has demonstrated no hesitation over the years to make significant moves to put them in the position to compete for an NBA title.
More than anything else, next season should see the Warrior back in a major way.