You don’t have to be a basketball savant or an advanced-stats connoisseur to realize that Stephen Curry is – by far – the most important player for the Golden State Warriors and one of the most impactful players around the NBA overall.
Curry has been the face of the franchise during their most successful times and is one of the most dominant and explosive scorers to ever live.
However, it seems like people haven’t realized just how good he’s been for his team this season, as if it wasn’t for him, the Warriors would be a bottom-feeding team rather than in playoff contention.
To put his impact in context, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report actually broke down the point differential when he’s on and off the court and summed it up in just one tweet:
“The Warriors’ point differential with Curry on the floor is around the range of a 48-win team (in a regular, 82-game season). It’s around the range of a 16-win team when Curry is off the floor,” reported Bailey.
The Warriors’ point differential with Curry on the floor is around the range of a 48-win team (in a regular, 82-game season). It’s around the range of a 16-win team when Curry is off the floor.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) March 5, 2021
Well, there it is. The Warriors would be completely doomed without Stephen Curry, which isn’t a groundbreaking discovery. Then again, that should speak volumes as to why Steph should be leading – or at least near the top of – the MVP conversation.
Thus far, Curry is averaging 29.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.3 steals per game on 47.8/41.1/93.4 shooting splits. That’s beyond elite.
People should stop questioning Stephen Curry’s legacy over not having a Finals MVP award, especially when you consider that he was snubbed at least once. He’s one of the greatest players to ever do it, so let’s appreciate him while we still can.