Golden State Warriors: Grading Stephen Curry’s 2012-13 Season

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May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30, left) and power forward David Lee (10, right) react after game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s always nice to back up opinions with statistics, but some things are impossible to measure. How much heart does Curry have?  How much does he add to the team chemistry?  I can’t cite any sources, but I do believe Curry has what it takes to lead the Warriors even further than they could go on talent alone.

Anyone who has watched a Warriors game can see the chemistry the team has developed. Everyone has each other’s back.  Take a look at the kerfuffle between David Lee and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers. Curry, who is about a foot shorter than Hibbert, jumped into the shoving match to defend his teammate.

You can also see Curry’s heart in moments of injury. Every time he tweaked an ankle, he was on the bench begging to go back in. He couldn’t sit idly by as the game continued.

Curry also has the ability to catch fire at any given moment. Some of the more memorable times include several third-quarter performances in the playoffs. When he gets going, he explodes into a fireball of shimmies and three-pointers.

You can’t measure fun, but watching Curry has made basketball more fun than I ever imagined. For that, Curry gets an A+. 

Grade: A+

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