In the NBA, recency bias has become a phrase that is liberally thrown around social media. Sometimes it is warranted, sometimes it is not. One of the recent storylines that NBA Twitter especially seems to be pushing is that Steph Curry is “done.”
This is, however, not true. Curry currently ranks second in the NBA with 30.6 points per game. After only playing in five games last season, Curry is back and is single-handedly playing the Warriors into contention in the early weeks of the season.
Steph Curry: An Upward Climb
At one point, Golden State boasted the best starting lineup in the NBA. Curry, along with Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, won championships together and dominated the Western Conference. Now, Durant is gone and Klay will miss his second straight season due to injury. Curry himself missed most of last season with a broken hand. Whispers began that Curry could not lead a team by himself, that he needed another star to succeed. After all, he never won a Finals MVP.
Curry’s Play Is Silencing Doubter
The whispers grew louder when the Warriors started this season 0-2. Curry was averaging less than 20 points in those games and shooting just 20% from behind the arc. However, since then, Curry has scored 30 or more points in five of his last seven games. The Warriors are 5-0 in those games.
The most noteworthy of these came on January 3 against the Blazers. On that night, Curry erupted for 62 points, shooting 18/31 from the floor. This included going 8/16 from three. Also, he was 18/19 from the free-throw line.
In his most recent game against the Clippers, Curry scored 38 points while dishing out 11 assists. The Warriors won that game behind Curry’s hot shooting. He was 13/24 from the floor, including 9/14 from behind the arc.
Does Curry Have Anything Left to Prove?
Steph Curry has had one of the most successful careers of any NBA point guard. He is a two-time MVP and was the first-ever unanimous MVP in 2015-2016. In addition, he is a six-time All-Star, three-time NBA champion, and one-time scoring champion.
He has single-handedly changed the way the game is played, bringing more of a focus on long-range shooting. Additionally, he is already third all-time in made three-pointers and will undoubtedly be the record-holder when his career is over.
Simply put, Curry has done it all on the court and has achieved what few have ever achieved. However, he is still criticized on social media, some saying he is washed, or “not as good” as his peers. If Curry’s play early this season has shown us anything, though, it is that he is not done yet.
When Klay Thompson tore his Achilles before the season, it was widely assumed that the Warriors would once again be a lottery team. Very few believed Curry was good enough to lead the Warrior back to the playoffs. As it stands, though, the Warriors are 5-4 and are fifth in the Western Conference. It may be early, but Steph is sending a message: do not count him nor the Warriors out just yet.