Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors were on a mission in the 2021-22 NBA season. They missed the playoffs in two back-to-back seasons, and the media started to write them off.
So ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Warriors had more doubters than supporters in the NBA community. Despite that, the Dubs decided to keep their heads down and focus on the bigger goal.
Well, after a phenomenal run in the regular season and the playoffs, the Dubs ended up winning the 2022 NBA Championship. On top of that, Stephen Curry removed the only spot from his otherwise amazing resume. Yes, we are talking about Curry winning the first NBA Finals MVP of his career.
Combining that honor with winning the fourth ring of his career, Steph earned a place at the table of the greatest players in the history of the league.
NBA Analyst Reassures That Stephen Curry Will Defend His Finals MVP
Now the next step for Curry and co. is to defend their title and of course for Steph, to win another NBA Finals MVP. NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins has shown full trust in Curry and believes the 2x NBA MVP will achieve this goal next season.
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"I expect Steph to come back just (the) way he left off. I think Steph is still on a mission. I think Steph is still not satisfied. Now he knows, he has embraced that role of actually being a leader. We hear how he took Jordan Poole up under his wing. We saw him pull those guys along. Andrew Wiggins, we saw him be a better defender. Steph has a lot in the tank. We know he's gonna shoot a lot of threes. I think he's gonna come back better, and I think he's gonna come back to defend his title, along with his Finals MVP."
Steph will turn 35 years old next season. For most players, it's an age where they are well out of their prime, but Curry is yet to show any major signs of decline.
As Perk mentioned, after the 2021-22 NBA season, Steph has seemingly improved. Not in his averages per se, but certainly he has evolved as a leader and the Warriors will hope to see more of the same from their cornerstone player next season.