Even after two NBA MVP awards, three championships and numerous milestones and accolades accumulated, Steph Curry isn't done refining his game in his 12th season in the league.
Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein that the increased attention paid to the star guard has helped him refine the mental aspects of his on-court repertoire.
“My patience is a lot better now, if I had to pick one thing,” Curry told Stein. “How I see the game when I’m on and off the ball, seeing what the defense is giving you and knowing that I’ll find a way to get some space. I’m enjoying this run for sure.”
Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, who has worked extensively with Curry personally throughout his time with the organization, also told Stein about how different the waves of coverage being thrown at Curry are this season.
“At the beginning of the season, it was really hard for him,” Fraser told Stein. “Box-and-ones, double teams, traps, triple teams. In transition, I’ve seen times when Steph’s been coming down the floor and there are four guys around him.”
Klay Thompson's absence the Warriors' rotation plays a significant role in that, as his deadeye shooting kept opposing teams from being able to direct so much effort toward Curry.
Curry's usage rate in 2020-21 (32.3) is as high as it has been for a full campaign since his second MVP season in 2015-16, when the Warriors won 73 games in the regular season.
The patience has paid off for Steph, as he has thrust himself into the MVP conversation despite the Warriors' consistently average record.
He will need to maintain this impressive pace and continue to get his teammates involved and engaged however he can, as Golden State clings to a playoff spot in the fiercely competitive Western Conference.