For Stephen Curry, raining threes from downtown and winning his first MVP award and NBA title are all appealing, but testing free agency when the time comes in 2017? Not so much. Curry recently told Sporting News that he’s comfortable where he’s at right now:
“As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family,” Curry said.
And why wouldn’t he be comfortable? The Golden State Warriors had a historic season a year ago that was capped off by a championship champagne party following their Game 6 victory in Cleveland. They went 67-15 during the regular season, winning the Western Conference by 11 games. Then the Warriors went 16-5 in the postseason, making it look pretty darn easy at times.
If a team is starting a franchise from scratch, it’d be extremely difficult to look past Curry when drafting a point guard. He’s arguably the league’s best player at that position. In his MVP season, Curry averaged 23.8 points, second to only Russell Westbrook among point guards, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He ranked first among those at the position in field goal percentage (49), three-point percentage (44) and free throw percentage (91).
With Curry at the forefront, all the talent and depth on the roster led the Warriors to success last season, and they appeared to be inexorable at times. Their dominance was the product of excellent and meticulous coaching by Steve Kerr, including shrewd starting lineup adjustments, and overall team chemistry and sound execution. This might obscure what Curry did at times because of how unbelievably talented the team was as a whole, but all that talent and great coaching is a big reason why the reigning MVP should have no interest going anywhere else.
It’s the perfect situation, and in sports, fit is everything. Great players and coaches can be derailed by poor fit. The ability to maximize all the talent on the roster is what often drives teams to championships. For Curry, Golden State is the ideal place to be.
Though it might be premature, the Warriors have a chance to compete at a high level for years to come in pursuit of a dynasty. The notion of them lacking experience has now been thrown out the window with their last accomplishment. And remember when jump-shooting teams couldn’t win championships? Well, that thought has been eradicated.
You won’t often find a group of players who can play with this level of camaraderie and still be so young, giving them a chance to contend for the next decade. With solid front-office moves and a coach who’s able to handle the egos, they may very well be in position to do just that.
Klay Thompson and many others have deemed this the best shooting backcourt in NBA history, although Thompson would like to forget about his shooting woes from this past Finals. Both players are still young and have yet to reach the prime of their respective careers, so one can only imagine how lethal this duo will be when that time arrives.
Curry doesn’t only have the luxury of playing alongside an individual who is, like him, considered one of the most dangerous shooters the game has ever seen, but he’s playing for a coach who thrived in that same role during his career. And though role players frequently change, he’s playing with guys like Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes who seem to be just as passionate about winning as he is. And they all bring something different, but incredibly valuable, to the table.
The Warriors organization had gone four decades without winning a title before last year. It’s in their best interest to adhere to Curry’s demands, and there’s little doubt they’re going to do just that when the time comes. He’s a transcendent-level talent and a proven winner. Now that he’s taken care of the ankle injuries that stymied him in the past, Curry is an NBA superstar, and he’s got his sights on a long career in the Bay Area.