When the starters and reserves were announced for the NBA All-Star Game, many people believed that the biggest snub from the Western Conference roster was Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. The people who said that had a solid argument at the time. In the five games that Golden State has played since All-Star Weekend, he has continued to show that he’s an elite guard in the league.
For this season, Curry is averaging 21.3 points, 6.5 assist, four rebounds and 1.6 steals per game and is only turning the ball over 2.9 times per contest. Moreover, he is also in the top-10 in the league in three-point percentage, stroking it at a 44.6 percent success rate from beyond-the-arc. Interestingly, he’s the only player in the top-10 that averages over 6.5 attempts per game.
Curry’s points and assists per game averages are both career-highs right now. But one thing that has been really impressive this season is his turnover ratio. Turnover ratio measures the percent of a player’s possessions that end in a turnover. He currently has a 10.3 turnover ratio, which is lower than the 12.5 ratio that he posted his first three years in the league.
The most important thing about Curry’s season this year, though, is that he’s been able to stay healthy. He has had trouble with his ankles in recent years, missing nearly two-thirds of last season. This year, he has avoided injury other than a mild ankle sprain and been able to play in 53 of the Warriors’ 57 games. That’s huge for the 24-year-old, who is trying to establish himself as one of the best guards in the league.
Curry may not have suited up in the All-Star Game, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has been one of the best guards in the NBA this season. If there were any questions about whether he could be elite, he is definitely answering them.