While many feel that Stephen Curry underperformed, his 2019 postseason run may’ve actually been the best of his career.
At 31, Stephen Curry has a far better resume than the vast majority of the league. With three rings under his belt, those analyzing Curry’s game immediately point to his three rings and lack of a Finals MVP trophy.
How is it possible for a three-time champion and two-time MVP to not have a Finals MVP? Well, to be fair, he should’ve won it in 2015. His other two Finals MVP bids were taken by superstar forward and former Warrior Kevin Durant.
Durant deserved those, that’s not the argument. However, Curry would’ve been the main candidate for the 2019 Finals MVP had his Warriors taken down the Raptors. While Curry excelled at points in the Finals, at large, the 2019 playoffs may’ve been the best of his career.
Curry averaged 28.2 points per game, just 0.1 fewer than during the 2015 postseason. He actually scored 26 points more in his four-series 2019 playoffs but played one game more in 2019. Aside from scoring, Curry averaged 4.2 threes and 3.0 turnovers per game.
Playing much of the 2019 playoffs without Kevin Durant, Curry was the team’s main scoring threat. The argument is there for whether he’s always been the team’s main scoring threat; however, it was Durant who dropped 50 points on the Clippers to end their first-round series.
Curry put the team on his back.
While we’ve seen the Curry takeover before, his series against Portland was a different beast. After the second half eruption in Game 6 to seal the Rockets fate, Curry continued his hot shooting, scoring over 35 points per game in a clean four-game sweep against Portland.
That was a far more impressive four-game stretch than anything he did during the 2015 playoffs. It was arguably his best series of his career, easily being the best player on either team, and it wasn’t the first round but the Western Conference Finals.
Curry had an eight-game stretch where he averaged over 35 points, including a 47-point explosion against Toronto. These performances made the common folk remember his name.
This stretch was the best in his postseason career, making the 2019 postseason easily the most dominant Curry’s ever been.
His numbers weren’t across the board the best of his postseason career, but they weren’t far off, especially given the fact that Curry wasn’t dominant till late in May.