This one seems obvious. Stephen Curry ended the 2013 season as the all-time single season leader in three-point field goals, as the poster boy of a growing franchise and as one of the most likeable players for Warriors and non-Warriors fans alike. In fact, Curry is responsible for putting the Warriors into that “my favorite team when my favorite team isn’t playing” position for a lot of fans who didn’t watch Warriors basketball before this year.
Curry would be a shoo-in for the All-Star game if there was another guard position and his high All-Star status, as well as his phenomenal postseason performance, means the eyes are on him. This increased scrutiny is one of the major reasons why he is the most important player, though the Andre Iguodala trade certainly has taken some load off.
Curry has shown incredible promise as a point guard, and even though he has some weaknesses, namely defense and passing IQ, he is still the best player on the Warriors and must continue to define himself in that leadership role.