Curry Brings Excitement to Oracle

Drew Anderson, Staff Writer

The Golden State Warriors’ run in the playoffs has taken the Bay Area by storm. The Warriors are quickly becoming the most exciting team in the NBA, and the man leading the surge is 25-year-old Stephen Curry.
Since his rookie season when the Warriors drafted him number seven overall in 2009, there has never been a doubt as to whether or not he had the talent. However, critics of Curry said that he is not only lacking durability, but also is not tough enough to succeed in the NBA. Ultmiately, Curry put those accusations to rest in the playoffs and has legitimized his status as a superstar.
Despite his apparent “cardboard ankles”, Curry was able to put together a prolific regular season, averaging 22 points, seven assists and shooting 45 percent on threes per game. Curry also managed to change the culture of the franchise. In one of the quickest turn-arounds in the NBA, Curry led a team that was 23-43 in 2011 to 47 wins in 2012, and despite that, he somehow didn’t make the All-Star game.
In the playoffs it was more of the same for Curry. He lit up the Nuggets in the first round, and gave the Spurs all they wanted in the Western Conference semi-finals. He averaged 25 points and eight assists per game in the playoffs. The way Curry played was eye opening; his one handed floaters in the paint, deep threes, and great passing caught the attention of many. As a fan, the most satisfying aspect of all was watching Curry transform into a superstar and gain national recognition.
In May, Curry was on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title “Give Steph Curry an Inch and He Might Take Golden State a Mile.” Curry has undoubtedly become the face of a young Warriors franchise, and has revived one of the best fan bases in basketball. Although the Warriors playoff run has ended, Curry surely made a name for himself in these playoffs, and received encouraging words from many respected players and coaches around the league.
After Curry’s 35 point explosion in game one, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich even went as far as comparing Curry to Micheal Jordan, and added, “he’s unbelievable, we’d like to figure out how to hold him to less than 40 points.”
For die-hard Warriors fans, Curry was the savior of a franchise in need of a hero.
“I’ve been a Warriors fan for a long time, and I think Curry definitely helped turn this franchise around. I think the Warriors have a very bright future,” said Steven Shepard ‘14.
Looking forward, the Warriors are one of the most promising young franchises in the league. The Warriors starting line up is comprised of three players twenty five and under: Barnes, Thompson and Curry. In the 2013-2014 free agency period the Warriors will be clearing almost 20 million dollars in cap space when the contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins finally expire. During this time the Warriors will have the chance to sign players who become free agents that year, notably Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, and Rudy Gay. At the same time Curry, Thompson and Barnes will all be hitting their prime.
In his fourth year out of Davidson College, a small school in North Carolina, Curry is one of the fastest rising stars in the game, and has taken the league by storm. Curry is leading a young a talented Warriors team with a bright future. If Curry can continue to improve, the Warriors will be a force to reckon with for years to come, and Curry will surely make the All-Star game in coming years.