The NBA’s golden boy Stephen Curry dubbed Chef Curry has had a record-breaking season. Despite the Golden State Warriors being heavily undermanned for this season, with its other all-star Klay Thompson rehabilitating from injury Curry carried the team in terms of shooting and all-around play-making.
Stephen Curry defies all media narratives
The Golden State Warriors as a franchise went through tremendous changes following the 2019 finals and the departure of Kevin Durant to the Nets. Steph suffered a hard fall early in the 2020 season and broke his wrist causing the Warriors to fall to dead last in the western conference. Despite Curry recovering towards the end of the season, the Warriors ended up with the worst record in the league that season. The media and several critics took the opportunity to criticize the only unanimous MVP making claims that he was ineffective. They credited the formation of a superteam for his existing legacy.
Curry responded to this onslaught with the best basketball he has played in his career. He carried an undermanned Warriors team to a 39-33 record this season. By doing so he carried the team to the 8th seed. However, he was eliminated from the play-in tournament by the Grizzlies following a loss to Lebron James and the LA Lakers.
Despite his team losing, Curry has simply established himself as the best player on the court. He has done this in the majority of the games he has played this season. Due to his innate ability to shoot the 3 from long range with a fast release, he is considered a threat. Teams resorted to scrappy tactics and he was guarded and double-teamed on a nightly basis.
Despite whatever the defence threw at him, Curry still managed to be incredibly effective and won the scoring title this season after averaging 32 ppg. In addition, he did all this while suffering from tailbone fracture which he hid from everyone. If not for the 8 games he missed due to the tailbone contusion, the Golden State Warriors would’ve avoided the play-in tournament altogether. Without him the Warriors were 1-8 which goes to show how important he is to the team.
Are there any chances of Curry following in KD’s footsteps?
Curry breaks records almost every time he steps on the basketball court. He is arguably one of the most impactful players of the game and in the history of the sport. The 33-year will be a free agent in 2022 and he will pe presented with the extension this off season.
He has indicated that he wants to end his career with the Warriors. This would put him in the conversation with Kobe, Dirk, and Tim Duncan amongst others as superstars who stayed loyal to their franchise. The Golden State Franchise is also clearly aware of Steph’s value and is likely to offer him a second multi-million dollar contract worth $215 million. This means Steph would be the first player in the NBA to sign multiple 200 million dollar contracts.
Steph is the first to achieve this feat because of his long career with the Warriors. Other superstars like Lebron, Durant, Kyrie, and Shaq have all switched teams more than once and have signed smaller contracts with teams. They opposed the notion of completely committing to a franchise and displaying a loyalty that will clearly be rewarded by the franchise. As Curry displayed this loyalty, the sky is the limit for the NBA’s golden boy. He is projected to have over a billion dollars in endorsements, advertising, and contracts towards the end of his career.
Even though the Warriors’ roster has downgraded severely when compared to the dynasty era with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry will never give up on dub nation. It is highly unlikely that he will hop on to a superteam team like Kevin Durant and LeBron James.