Steph Curry has put up plenty of gaudy numbers and reached all sorts of league, team and personal milestones during his 12 seasons in the NBA. But as we saw in last night’s 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors don’t need Steph to stuff the stat sheet in order to win.
The two-time NBA MVP went just 2-for-16 from the field, including 1-10 from 3-point range, but the Warriors still managed to secure the win. Andrew Bogut, who was the starting center alongside Curry on the Warriors’ 2015 championship team, believes Curry’s ability to not focus on numbers and try to help his teammates shine separates him from some of the NBA’s up-and-coming point guards.
“Once he realized that hey, if some of these role players are helping me, if I can get them going early, Andre Iguodala hits a 3, Bogut gets a dunk, David Lee gets a finger roll, and I get everyone involved without being overly trying to get them involved because there’s a difference,” Bogut said on the “Rogue Bogues” podcast. “Steph knew that he’d have a three or four-minute block that once everyone else has hit a shot and flattened out that defense and made it a bit more honest, he’d have a three-minute block where he’d score 16 points.
"Once Steph figured that out, it was over for the league.”
Curry had six teammates score in double figures Sunday night while he chipped in just 11 points, proving that the 2020-21 iteration of the Warriors don’t need to be solely reliant on their superstar point guard for production.
When Curry scored an NBA season-high 62 points in a recent win over the Portland Trail Blazers, we saw plenty of that quick-burst scoring ability Bogut mentioned, as he poured in 31 points in each half of the 137-122 win.
But as we saw more often when Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant all shared the court with Curry, he’s more than happy to help his teammates shine on a given night.
Even this season, we’ve seen Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and James Wiseman among others benefit greatly from Curry working to get them involved in the offense.
Steph seems to have just as much fun making his teammates better as he does knocking down his own 3-pointers.