Stephen Curry is averaging 25 points per game one season after averaging 30.
Stephen Curry doesn’t feel he’s having a down season despite seeing a taper in production from last year.
“I think it’s comical that people were saying I’m having a down year,” Curry said, according to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding. “To go black and white and say I’m not having as good a season as I was having last year based on just five points a game or shooting percentage or whatnot…there are other things that you try to do other than just the eye test to try and help your team win.
“Just five fewer points a game. Who cares?”
Curry is averaging 25.2 points and 6.6 assists per game for a Golden State Warriors team with the league’s best record.
Last season, he averaged 30 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds for a Warriors team that posted the best record in NBA history. He also made 402 three-pointers last year, eclipsing the record he set the previous season. But that Warriors team didn’t have another former MVP in Kevin Durant, who Golden State signed during free agency over the summer.
Curry said adjusting to Durant’s abilities has evened out his team’s offense.
“With the roster that we have and adding a guy like KD, there’s obviously going to be more of a balanced attack,” Curry said. “It’s pretty clear how that’s kind of evolved over the course of the season. My job as the point guard of this team is to balance all the talent that we have, plus at the same time staying aggressive with my own game.”
That doesn’t mean he’s lost his touch
Since Durant went down with a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in late February, Curry is averaging 26.5 points, 7.5 assists and two steals, shooting 40 percent from downtown. The Warriors are 13-3 since March 1 and are outscoring opponents by 11.3 points per 100 possessions with their starting point guard on the floor.
Since March 15, Curry’s averaging 8.2 assists and is shooting the triple at a 47.5 percent clip. And in his last five games, the reigning MVP is averaging 29.6 points (on 53 percent shooting from the field) and 8.4 assists. He’s outplayed three of this year’s MVP front-runners in a nine-day span and has cemented the Warriors’ once shaky standing as No. 1 in the West.
“What we’ve been able to do the last two, three weeks has been a good reminder of exactly what we’re all capable of, and it’s no slight to [Durant],” Curry said via Bleacher Report. “When he’s back, we’re a much better team. We want him back as soon as possible. But what we’ve done in his absence, and how I’ve tried to help contribute at a high level, speaks for itself, really.”
At the rate Golden State is blowing through opponents, imaging how scary this Warriors team will be once Durant returns.