Golden State Warriors: Can Stephen Curry hit 50/40/90 again?

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Golden State Warriors are hoping that Stephen Curry can combine volume and efficiency this season.

Stephen Curry is perhaps the most efficient scorer in league history. His accuracy from beyond the arc has transformed him into an all-time great superstar. This season, the Golden State Warriors will be asking Curry to have another historic campaign.

The Warriors took a hit this summer. We all know the devastation of losing Kevin Durant is free agency will have a long term affect on the team. Klay Thompson’s lingering injury only makes the situation worse for the Dubs.

Still, Golden State is in position to compete for a title. A promising second unit and star power within Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell is enough to make this team interesting. However, the fate of this team will land on Curry’s shoulders.

Curry will be tasked with a large offensively load this year. His usage rate will likely skyrocket as the Dubs count on him to generate offense at a high rate. This means that Curry will shoot the ball at a high volume. Will his efficiency hold up?

In the 2015-16 NBA season, Curry recorded the highest usage rate of his career at 32.6 percent. Even so, the unanimous MVP shot an unbelievable 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from deep and 90.8 percent from the free throw line.

This season marked Steph’s first and only entry into the 50/40/90 club. He did it with authority, becoming the first player to average 30+ points and reach the club. Curry even went one step further as the only member of the club to shoot above 45 percent from the point line.

Curry’s usage rate is going to reflect that of his 2016 season. If all goes well, we might see more records broken from the two-time MVP. It’s clear that Curry is at his best when the team needs him most.

The only difference here is that Curry will be receiving a ton of defensive pressure this year. With Thompson and Durant gone, opponents will single Steph out and target him heavily. This means it will be much more difficult for Curry to get open looks.

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The Warriors will be relying on Curry to overcome these issues.If his past is any indication of what to expect, I wouldn’t bet against Stephen Curry this season.