There really shouldn’t be any argument here.
A healthy Stephen Curry doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s pretty darn close.
It’s practically a requirement to talk about his ankles, but the timeline of those events have been documented in detail many times, so I won’t bore you with the fundamentals.
The Warriors inked Curry to a four-year, $44 million contract on Oct. 31, 2012. If the word “bargain” comes to mind, no, you aren’t crazy because $11 million for Curry is indeed a bargain, at least on the surface.
But his deal wasn’t wholly based off pure talent. The continual twisting, tweaking and spraining of his ankles had more of a role in Curry’s extension than anything else. Curry’s ankle didn’t shelf him for any prolonged periods of time in 2012-13, and his stats equaled more of a $15-18 million player.
Golden State’s offensive rating with him on the floor sums up his value up adequately (regular season):
So, Curry clearly doesn’t lack for talent, but his health lacks for “sure things.”
Of course, Curry’s four-year extension doesn’t go into effect until this upcoming season, but the point remains the same: He and his fragile ankles will decide the Warriors’ success in the present, and more specifically, in the future.