The Golden State Warriors have emerged as one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA. Their potent offense makes them full of entertainment value. Not only are they entertaining, though, but they’re also a really good team, currently holding the six-seed in the Western Conference. There are a lot of factors that go into making this team the way they are, but Stephen Curry has to be at the top of that list.
Coming into this year there were many people that were concerned about Curry’s health, primarily with the ankles that he had trouble with last season. Given his history of ankle injuries and considering how the departure of Monta Ellis would put the focus on Curry, the concern about his health was definitely legitimate.
Curry has answered that concern with an All-Star worthy performance this season.
On the year Curry is averaging 22.6 points, 6.8 assists, four rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and shooting a blazing 45.5 percent from beyond-the-arc. He’s been a dynamic guard that can hit shots from almost anywhere on the floor, but can also facilitate the offense for his teammates.
As good as he’s been for this entire season, though, he’s been even better in the month of March. Over the 16 games that he’s played this past month Curry has averaged 24.9 points, 7.5 assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals per game with basically the same shooting percentages. He also had five double-doubles in March. He’s been taking it to a whole other level over the past 31 days and 16 games.
The Warriors are about to head into the postseason for the first time in the past couple of years and Curry is a huge reason why they will be participants. If they want to pull any kind of upset in the playoffs, though, he’s going to have to continue to play like he has throughout March. He proved in college that he has the chops to rise up at the big moments, so we shall see if that translates to the NBA Playoffs in the coming weeks.