The Golden State Warriors’ magical postseason run was put to death on Thursday, but the celebration will continue on Tuesday when Stephen Curry receives the key to City Hall, courtesy of Mayor Ed Lee. Additionally, May 21 will officially be deemed “Warriors Day” throughout the Bay Area region.
Curry’s season is certainly worthy of a brief recap. He broke the NBA’s all-time record for most three-pointers in a single season. His 272 three-pointers surpassed Ray Allen’s 269, which was accomplished during the 2005-06 season. The Warriors’ budding point guard broke the record while needing only 600 attempts. Allen needed 653.
But the 2012-13 season will likely be remembered as the season that Curry put himself on the map. If you’ll recall, he wasn’t selected as an All-Star, which was a surprise to many pundits and fans in the Bay Area.
Then, on February 27, he put on a show against the New York Knicks on basketball’s biggest stage–Madison Square Garden. He tallied 54 points, knocking down 11 three-pointers on 13 attempts. The Warriors lost, but the basketball world was put on notice of Curry’s shooting abilities.
The playoffs brought more of the same for Curry, who averaged 24.3 points and 9.3 assists against the Denver Nuggets in the first round.
The San Antonio Spurs, specifically Danny Green, kept Curry at bay after he exploded for 44 points in Game 1 of the Semifinals. Battling a left ankle sprain that he suffered during the fourth quarter of Game 3, he averaged a mere 18.2 points from Game 2 to the final game of the series.
But if Curry’s wobbly ankles don’t hinder him going forward, it looks as if this past season is only a taste of what’s to come.