What Are Realistic Expectations Of Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry?

By Steven Resnick

The 2011-2012 NBA season for Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry did not last long as he kept re-injuring his right ankle. Finally after appearing in only 26 games the decision to keep him out for the rest of the season got made and in April he underwent arthroscopic surgery.

In the games that he did play he averaged 14.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals on 49 percent shooting, 45.5 percent from three and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. He recorded three double-doubles and scored a season high 36 points twice against the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.

He is now close to being 100 percent healthy and will be ready for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. Even with him being healthy one question comes to mind in regards to Curry and that is what are the realistic expectations for the season?

For the first time in his career there’s a capable backup point guard as Jarrett Jack came via trade from the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade that sent Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Last season he had Ish Smith and Charles Jenkins as his backups and when he kept on re-injuring the ankle Smith was let go and Nate Robinson brought in as a free agent during the season. In 2010-2011 the two other point guards on the roster were Acie Law who was outstanding defensively, yet provided little offensively and Jeremy Lin who barely played.

During Curry’s rookie season he started 77 of the 80 games and C.J. Watson and Law were responsible for giving him a breather. With the lack of depth at the point guard position it meant that it was difficult to keep him off the floor for too long and now that Jack is around the point guard position becomes a strength and allows for him to play 28-34 minutes per night.

Monta Ellis got traded  during the season to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Andrew Bugout who is still recovering from a fractured ankle and will likely miss a number of preseason games. Once he is healthy it gives a big man in the post that the team desperately needed and with David Lee at power forward it allows for the Warriors to spread the floor and get open looks to three point shooters which include Curry, Klay Thompson, Brandon RushHarrison Barnes and Richard Jefferson.

With added depth and two capable big men expect a season of 16-18 points per game, 7-8 assists, 3-4 rebounds, shooting percentage of 48 percent, three-point percentage of 43 percent and 90 plus percent from the free throw line.


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