Stephen Curry went from being the “little brother” of the Golden State Warriors franchise to it’s golden child. The point guard’s faith, affability and hilarious social media presence as well as his transcendent shooting has made the Davidson product into half media darling, half messianic figure. Curry has reached a plateau of public adoration reserved for superheros and the extremely charitable. He is seemingly the perfect face for a franchise and someone who will never disappoint the franchise off the court. It doesn’t hurt that he is also the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA.
That is why when he says he believes that the Warriors will have at least a 50 win season and will be in the Western Conference Finals, I believe him. The superstar point guard recently said in an interview that “We learned some valuable lessons in the San Antonio series and we knocked on the doorstep of the Western Conference finals,” Curry said. “That’s a big opportunity, so (improving on that) is our goal. Having all these guys here early, we’re all bought into that vision.”
Improving, let alone repeating, last season will certainly not be a cake walk. The Warriors finished just three wins away from a fifty win season for the 2012-13 season and took the Finals runner-ups, San Antonio Spurs, took six games, without their sole All-Star to boot. A 50 plus win Warriors’ season has only happened four times in the franchises entire history and since they won the championship in 1975, it has only happened twice.
I trust Stephen Curry not just because I am an informed sports fan who can appreciate the potency of Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee’s offensive productivity and Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut’s lockdown defense with Harrison Barnes coming off the bench. I trust Stephen Curry because even with all his recent success, he is not satisfied and likely won’t be until he wins a ring. Curry has grown up with naysayers at every point of his career and he has proven them all wrong eventually. I, on the other hand, will be waiting for him to prove me right.