Stephen Curry has been the biggest factor for the modern-day Dynasty of the Golden State Warriors. Since the skinny kid from Akron, Ohio, joined the Dubs franchise, things began to change gradually. Eventually, the San Francisco-based team rose to the top of the league under the coaching of Steve Kerr. But Steph Curry was not the only strength of the Dubs team that Kerr coached. There were All-Star level players like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Later, Kevin Durant joined the Dubs Dynasty. But Steph and Klay together were the Splash Brothers. They changed the game of basketball forever.
Moreover, the Splash Brothers revolutionized the three-point shooting. It became the most important shot in the game since then. But the number of titles they won determines how significant the Golden State Warriors have been in the last eight years. From 2015 to 2022, the Warriors won four titles, two without Durant and two with Durant. But the one constant name that has been leading the side to play like the Dynasty again is Stephen Curry. Klay and Draymond are not the same All-Star-level players anymore. But in 2024, Steph’s demotion to All-Star reserves shows the Dubs are losing their ground in the league gradually.
Does Stephen Curry Really Deserve To Stay Out Of The All-Star Starters?
Everybody knows that Steph Curry is one of the biggest faces in the league, like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Moreover, in the ongoing season, the Warriors had been through a really rough patch. But even then, Stephen Curry has been performing like a one-man army. The problem is despite his great performances; he has not been able to help his team win a lot of games. On the other hand, players like Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who got places above Curry, helped their respective teams win a lot of games so far this season. Recently, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the All-Star game is a show, and it does not really reflect on the standings.
But most of all, Jenkins believes Steph Curry has to be on the team. He bet Curry deserves to be a starter. It is because of the sheer shooting power that he brings to the table. Moreover, Jenkins said the bigger picture is the widespread crisis of the Dubs in terms of their chances for the postseason. On top of that, Jenkins pointed out at the inadequacies and lack of elitism in the Warriors currently. Other teams have multiple elite and the best players in the league right now. However, Jenkins believes things can be different if the trio of Curry, Green, and Thompson somehow reach the postseason.
How Difficult Is The Road Ahead Of The Warriors From Here On?
The Dubs are still the 12th seed in the Western Conference. Things messed up for them in the first place when Dray Green received back-to-back suspensions. Moreover, the veteran forward missed several games, and his absence made the Warriors’ defense a lot weaker. Moreover, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins have not been at their best this season. Chris Paul was the only big help Stephen Curry was getting so far.
But then Paul fractured his hand. He’s out for several games. Hence, it is Stephen Curry and a few young guns like Jonathan Kuminga who need to handle the pressure well. Recently, the Dubs have won back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Memphis Grizzlies.
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