November 16, 2015
There is plenty of lofty adjective s to praise Stephen Curry with because his performance this year has reached a new dimension. Even up to last year I would get upset with him at times because he was making too many turnovers. He is now playing at a level where he is no longer turning the ball over and he is doing everything and anything that is possible on a basketball court. He is playing like a combination of Kobe Bryant, Pete Maravich and Nate “Tiny” Archibald which means he is making unbelievable shots, dribbling and handling the ball with wizardry. He is fun to watch and ascending the game into a level of entertainment which has been sorely lacking tin the NBA.
There are plenty of distractors that will say that he is just a jump shooter that lives and dies by the three-point play. I thought that talk would go away after the Warriors won the championship against his anti-thesis, LeBron James. LeBron James is everything that Curry is not and vice versa, except for the fact that each one of these guys makes their teammates better. What I have seen this year is a more aggressive attempt to do even more. He is playing better defense, more opportunistic and elevating his game to complete player status. This is where Michael Jordon evolved when he started being named to all-defensive teams.
When teams attempt to corral Curry, his teammates step up their game and propel the Warriors to victory. Just when you when thought you have him defensed, he will launch a thirty-foot jumper from way beyond the arc and ignite his team. There is no player in the NBA that has this kind of range on a consistent basis. In addition, there is a just a small handful of players that become more focused and determined to win at the end of game. I see LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Curry as the most dynamic players you want to have the ball at the end of game.
I did mention that Curry is fun to watch and not just because I am a Warrior fan. You can see that he is having fun and when he makes an extraordinary play he smiles and enjoys the moment. He has been making plays that the Harlem Globetrotters are not even making. I don’t notice a better dribbler in the league, because when I see behind the back and between the legs dribbling on a nightly basis, you just don’t see that very often. I tried to use as many adjectives as I could, but I think a noun is better suited, like “the whole package”, which is what you get Stephen Curry. Curry is a player at the height of his game, who is a joy to watch, good for the fans and lastly role model for youngsters. Salute Stephen Curry