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Can Stephen Curry Ever Clear His Injury-Prone Label?

December 26, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (8) stands next to guard Stephen Curry (30) after Curry injured his ankle against the Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Bulls 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry is wrapping up his first ever complete offseason since his entry into the NBA.  That’s an interesting thing to consider for a young man who emerged as a rising superstar last year, and who missed nearly all of the season two years ago.  Curry’s glass ankles have been a nagging issue, even since he got surgery during the 2011-12 campaign to fix the problem.  That recurring ankle weakness has stuck the young star with the dreaded “injury prone” label.  Seriously, you can actually hear the sharp intake of breath among Golden State Warriors fans every time he spins in traffic.  So following a career year that saw an unexpectedly successful year, an upset in the postseason, and the breakage of the single-season three pointers made record, can Curry ever clear that label?  Yes, I believe he can.  But how?

Since he entered the league, Curry hasn’t played a full 82-game season.  Most years aren’t bad, as many players sit a few matchups every year for various reasons.  He played 80 games his rookie season, and 74, 26, and 78 each year after, 78 being this most recent season.  Obviously, the 2011-12 year is the troubling one where he only played 26.  However, this past year he logged a full 78, only missing four.  That doesn’t tell the full story though.  He continually had to sit on the bench for a while or was hobbled in games due to ankle issues.  It obviously slowed him down, but didn’t necessarily stop him at any point where he could continue playing.  But he still played at a high level.  So, how does Curry clear the injury prone label?  Honestly, he might move past it if he can just play one more season and start 76+ games.  That should be enough to prove that while his weak ankles could still nag, they won’t take him out of a season ever again.

So he just needs to keep up, progress in his first real developmental offseason, and keep trotting out onto the court with the necessary braces on, and he’ll be good to go.

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