I love Stephen Curry.
I love his silky-smooth jump shot, I love his handles, I love his passing ability.
But the two things I don’t love about Stephen Curry make me worry about his Golden State Warriors as a whole.
One: I don’t love his ankles one bit. Two: I don’t love knowing that anyone reading this could contribute to the team as much as the Warriors current backup point guard.
On Wednesday night in Brooklyn, at the end of a seven game road trip, Curry played 45 of 48 minutes. And quite frankly, as the fourth quarter prolonged, he looked tired. Curry’s jumpers were short and he was clearly fatigued. During the road trip, Curry played more than 37 minutes four times. And the other three times, he played 30, 35, and 36 minutes. For a team that has championship aspirations, playing Curry that many minutes at this juncture in the season does not bode particularly well.
Against the Nets, Kent Bazemore and Toney Douglas played a combined six minutes. Against the Miami Heat earlier in the week, they played a combined seven minutes. In the Warriors overtime win against the Cavs, Bazemore played a mere four minutes and Douglas rested. I could go on and on.
The Warriors’ point guard spot scores 24.8 points per game, and 23.1 points are a result of Curry. Reason one is the main reason though why reason two makes me weary of the Warriors ceiling.
Curry has shown that his ankles are fragile. And while he has been relatively healthy this season, (knock on wood) he could sprain his ankle at any moment and miss multiple games as a result.
In recent days, the Warriors have reportedly been interested in both Andre Miller and Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich could be especially interesting if the Warriors trade for him.
The 10 year veteran from the University of Kansas has shown signs of fatigue this season as he is down in shooting percentage, three point shooting percentage, assists, and up in turnovers. But he is still a proven veteran and a very capable backup guard.
In Derrick Rose’s absence, Hinrich is the Bulls’ best point guard and plays on average 30.7 minutes per game, far too many for a player of Hinrich’s age and ability. Though Hinrich’s three-point shooting numbers are down this season, he shoots 54.6 percent from the right corner and 35.5 percent from the left side of the three-point arc.
Whether the Warriors are able to trade for Hinrich, Miller or even the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry — though those chances are slim to none at this point — is yet to be seen, but the Warriors are in desperate need of someone to back up Curry.