Stephen Curry and the Game
When he was just starting out, many considered Stephen Curry to be an exceptionally talented player with few problems that would prevent him from having a successful career. That's why all of his achievements are even more admirable.
Most people would agree that Stephen Curry isn’t the greatest player in the NBA, even by a long shot. He’s currently light years away from reaching the level of star players like James Harden, Lebron James, or Kevin Durant.
How did Stephen Curry become the player we know him as today?
Nevertheless, something we do have to give him credit for with regard to his time with Golden State is that, as opposed to the others, he didn’t enter the league as one of the most powerful or promising players. Let’s not forget that he was number 7 in the 2009 draft, coming in behind such talent as Ricky Rubio.
Work and more work
What was so great about him, then? Curry started to work on his strong points: shooting and handling the ball. He worked so hard that he became (without a doubt) the best player in the league for these skills. We could even say that Curry is one of the best players in history when he’s beyond the three-point line. As the time of writing, he comes in 9th place on the list of the best three-point scorers of all time, with a higher percentage of successful three-point shots than Ray Allen.
But that’s not all. He also worked on his main weaknesses, such as physical abilities. Despite working on them though, he’s still a little wobbly on this point and in others, such as 1-on-1 defense.
We’re sure you’ll agree that he’s one of the hardest players to defend against. That’s due to the danger he poses from any point on the court as well as his skill with those winning three-pointers from the center. Those have been constantly featured in the list of “best play” moments for a few seasons now.
The arrival of Steve Kerr
It’s not just his own technical and physical work that has brought us the player we can enjoy every time we watch his team play. Steve Kerr’s presence on the Golden Bay’s roster along with his active and offense playing style, benefited Stephen Curry’s game as well.
The Golden State Warriors’ point guard fits in perfectly with their strategy, as long as he’s supported by an iron defense. They play a fast-paced game with lots of passing. Furthermore, they tend to shoot more from outside of the key than within it, which is one of the things that fans love about them.
Curry’s talent and Kerr’s strategy are the pillars that allowed this team to win two rings in three years. They were also able to beat Jordan’s record of the most victories in a regular season (72). They are likely to create a legacy that we’ll tell our kids about when they ask us who the best team was when we were their age!
So after all of his individual and team success, why don’t people consider “Steph” Curry as one of the top 3 best players in the league?
None of this would have been possible if he hadn’t had a whole all-star team at his disposal. Most of his teammates would probably be star players in their own right on any other team in the NBA. Some examples are are Klay Thompson, Danny Green, Kevin Durant, Livingston, Leandrinho Barbosa, Andrew Bogut, and Javale Mcgee.
Fans never approve of decisions for players to leave the teams that gave them their first chance and join a team where they’ll stand a better chance of becoming champions. This is exactly the decision that Kevin Durant made.
Stephen Curry, despite having incredible talent, is just a moderately popular player who’s worked very hard. He’ll surely achieve great things throughout his career thanks to his work ethic. But he probably won’t be remembered as one of the greats. On the other hand, we will remember Lebron “The King” James, who many consider to be today’s top player, as a legend.
There’s a reason for everything
Without disrespecting anyone, Stephen Curry is a favorite player for many people. There’s no doubt that he’s also one of the players who can determine the course of a game.
Fans love the way he made Chris Paul break dance on the floor or his buzzer beaters from the center of the court! Nevertheless, his game is a far cry from the best players. In fact, he’s not even the best on his team as long as he shares the locker room with Kevin Durant.
If we really look into it, Stephen Curry wouldn’t even have a spot on the list of top 10 players in the league.
As always, this is just another opinion. Lots of you might disagree, which is what our comments section is for!