1. Stephen Curry
Curry has a chip on his shoulder. He knows that the Golden State Warriors have been hated for years and that many are cheering for the team’s downfall. With the dynasty in jeopardy for the first time ever, Curry will look to end any speculation of a collapse.
For the last three seasons, Kevin Durant has claimed the spotlight in Golden State. The four-time scoring champion demanded a ton of shots and this limited Curry’s ability to truly be himself. Still, Steph averaged a strong 26.3 points over the course of his time with KD.
This year, Curry has free control over the offense again. His usage rate is expected to skyrocket as the Warriors look for Curry to carry them back to the top of the NBA food chain.
Curry will rely on his teammates to do their own jobs, but at the end of the day, the Warriors’ success breathes and dies on Curry’s ability to score. The unanimous MVP will need to be at his best in order to deliver on a championship season.
The universe is laying down the perfect redemption story for Curry and the Warriors after a disappointing 2018-19 season. Only time will tell if Curry is capable of defying the odds and proving himself as a legend once again.