Golden State Warriors: Who's Most Important To Their Long-Term Success?

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Stephen Curry

Feb. 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot as New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin (3) defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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