Stephen Curry’s rise to superstardom in the last four years has been nothing short of remarkable.
Since the arrival of Steve Kerr as head coach in 2014, Curry has gone on to win two MVP awards and two championships as well as becoming one of the best players in the league.
The point guard is likely to go down as the greatest shooter in NBA history and is a major reason why the game is currently dominated by the three-point shot.
He has transcended the sport with his style of play and there’s no telling how much more he can go on to achieve before he retires.
At the age of 29, Kerr believes there’s still so much more to come from his star player and has warned the rest of the league that he’s about to reach a whole new level this season.
“Steph is at his absolute peak right now, physically and emotionally,” said Kerr on Thursday. “This is probably as good as he’s ever going to be this year. I think he’s better now than he was last year and the year before, and that’s saying something.
“He’s the most impactful offensive player in terms of what he does to the defence maybe ever. There’s guys – obviously Michael Jordan impacted things – but the way Steph plays puts the fear of God into defences like nobody I’ve ever seen.”
The four-time All-Star’s numbers dipped slightly last year but that was largely due to the arrival of Kevin Durant.
However, he still managed to finish 10th in scoring as he averaged 25.3 points per game and hit 324 three-pointers – the second-most for a season ever.
Kerr certainly has a point as Curry not only impacts games with his production but just his sheer presence on the court forces defences to focus so much on him allowing teammates to get open.
The Warriors’ unselfish brand of basketball sees them to take full advantage of this and shows that their superstar is more concerned with winning collectively than filling up the stat sheet on a nightly basis.
But when the time calls for it, the two-time champion is always ready to take over offensively and drop huge numbers.
He gave us a glimpse of this recently as he put on a show for fans in China by dropping 40 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a pre-season clash in Shanghai.
It’s difficult to fathom how Steph can get any better but if he does hit new heights this year, the Oakland-based franchise will be almost impossible to stop.