It is not hard to see why most people believe Stephen Curry is the greatest attraction in all of sports. His recent play proves once again that he is worth the price of admission; in the last three games alone have further solidified his status as the frontrunner for the Most Valuable Player award.
Coming off a season where he appropriately secured the accolade of scoring champion at age 32 last year, his current stats going into this five game road trip they are set to embark on has Curry boasting stats 38.3 points per game, seven assists 54% shooting from the field and a staggering 47% from three. These numbers are in a stratosphere of their own, not to mention that this level of production has secured the Warriors with the best record in the league with an astonishing 11-2 record. With Charlotte, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Detroit, and Toronto coming up soon this young Warriors team will surely face their first real test of the season. The main thing that differentiates this team from the one last year, is the chemistry and the depth this team has on the bench and on the second unit.
The Warriors added veterans like Nemanja Bjelica, Otto Porter Jr. the return of Andre Iguodala as well a breakout campaign from the young talented defender and explosive slasher Gary Payton II. You add this with young players like Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, and the return of second year James Wiseman, and it isn’t hard to see why the Warriors faithful are beaming with pride and utterly dripped in euphoria.
This would not be possible without Curry’s being aware of how his play affects what they can do on a nightly basis and because of the attention that Curry commands each time he crosses the half court line.
The biggest question going into the campaign as well for this team was how long they could wait for the return of the key player in Klay Thompson his absence is prevalent, but if Wiggins’ game against the Timberwolves is any indication of how aggressive he will be from here on out, the Warriors have no reason to rush Thompson back, which was initially considered as a possibility depending how they coped without him early in the season.
The Warriors rank top three in defensive efficiency and offensive efficiency, Jordan Poole has played fantastic, Wiggins has played very solid basketball, and the surprise from the likes of Bjelica who is currently second in plus and minus in the league. It is clear that this time could be hoisting a seventh Larry O’Brien sooner than their rivals had anticipated.