There had been speculation about Steph Curry not being as good as he was last year. This criticism was justified as through the first three months of the season he was only averaging 24.4 points per game. That is way below the 30 point mark we saw him consistently break through last season.
However, plenty has changed since last season. The team added another former MVP in Kevin Durant and it was common sense that Curry would have to take a step back in order for Durant to get comfortable in the offense. Curry was so unselfish and willing to take the step back for Durant that he oftentimes looked like a shell of himself on the floor.
Curry’s struggles became very evident in the Christmas day loss against the Cavaliers. Steph went 4/11 from the field for only 15 points and oftentimes was just used as a decoy. He was noticeably quiet throughout the game, as well as up to that point in the season.
After that game the back to back MVP voiced his frustrations with his lack of involvement on the offensive end and Coach Kerr agreed. Kerr went on to say later that Steph is the player who had to adjust the most to the Durant signing because
In December, Curry averaged only 20 points per game which is the lowest for any month this season. In January, Curry became more aggressive and his average for that month jumped to 27.8. This jump was highlighted by the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on the 28th.
Steph had a big time game against the Clippers highlighted by a half court shot to end the first half as well as a 25 point explosion in the third quarter. Led by Curry’s 43 points, the Warriors dismantled the Clippers 144-98.
Have yourself a game, Steph Curry! 🔥
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 29, 2017
Durant has also told Curry not to worry about him anymore which has allowed Curry to be himself. Durant says he makes a conscious effort to remind Curry during time-outs or practices to stay aggressive and it seems to be working.
For the most part if Curry is being aggressive the Warriors are winning. When Steph takes the most amount of shots for his team they have won 18 games and only lost once. That being said it would be smart for the Warriors to keep Steph involved in the offense, especially since he’s been rediscovering his unanimous MVP form of late.