While the Golden State Warriors missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, it doesn’t mean that they are no longer a threat in the heavily-stacked Western Conference. The Warriors will remain a significant threat because of one player: Steph Curry.
And while the recent moves among the rest of the West make everyone question whether the Warriors can compete in the West, a healthy Steph Curry is a dangerous Steph Curry.
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Expect An Unstoppable Curry Anew
Steph Curry is the centerpiece of a Warriors franchise that won the NBA championship in 2015, 2017, and 2018. That Golden State core went to the NBA Finals five times in that span.
Even at 33, many people still believe that Steph Curry still has a lot left in his tank. After all, nobody can score from 40 feet better than Curry. He’s a two-time scoring champion and a two-time MVP.
After playing only five games during the 2019-2020 season, Curry came back averaging a league-leading 32 points per game the following season. He almost led the Warriors back to the 2021 playoffs only to be dealt with by a LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament. On top of that, Curry finished as a runner-up in the 2021 MVP race.
He did all of that despite playing without his sparring partner, Klay Thompson.
Heading into the upcoming 2021-2022 season, the NBA should expect the unexpected.
No. The Warriors won’t win the 2022 NBA championship unless they make a shocking roster upgrade from hereon until the next trade deadline.
We’ll be going to see an unstoppable Steph Curry again- almost the same Curry that dominated the NBA many years back. And with a healthy Klay Thompson back in the picture, the Warriors’ return to playoff form is inevitable.
Health Is Vital For Curry
If there’s one thing that the Warriors should watch out for, it’s Steph Curry’s health. He cannot be a threat if he’s injured, especially if they want a deep run in the playoffs.
While Curry can average 30 something points per game, we might see him play cautiously. The Warriors will try to keep him fresh for the playoffs. After all, he’s 33, and at that age, one bad fall can end it all.
Then again, this is Steph Curry we’re referring to.
He is going to prove that he remains a threat in the Western Conference. How in-depth that threat is something that we’re going to see once the new season starts rolling.