Steph Curry as MVP? Six Warriors storylines to watch in 2019-20 season

Steph Curry as MVP? Six Warriors storylines to watch in 2019-20 season

 The Warriors enter the 2019-20 season at a crossroads. 

With Kevin Durant off to Brooklyn, Klay Thompson out for an extended time and eight new faces on the roster, Golden State looks to continue their Western Conference dominance. 

To get you ready, here are six storylines to follow entering the season. 


NBA rumors: Pelicans dismiss ex-Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry

NBA rumors: Pelicans dismiss ex-Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry

The New Orleans Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry off Steve Kerr's bench after one season as his associate head coach with the Warriors. But after five seasons as the head coach in New Orleans, Gentry was dismissed by the organization on Saturday morning, ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Adrian Wojnarowski reported citing league sources.

The Pelicans were one of the 22 teams competing for a playoff spot in the NBA's bubble restart, but New Orleans stumbled to a 2-6 record in Orlando. 

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Gentry finishes his tenure with a 175-225 record, making just one playoff appearance over his five seasons with the Pelicans. After advancing to and then sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2017-18 NBA Playoffs, New Orleans ran up against the Warriors. Gentry managed to steal one win from his former squad, but the Pelicans swiftly were eliminated in five games.

The 65-year-old was considered a critical part of Kerr's success during their first season together with the Warriors, leading Golden State to the franchise's first championship of the 21st century. Coming over after one season with the Los Angeles Clippers in the same role (and eliminating the Warriors from the playoffs), Gentry helped position the dynasty in Golden State before accepting the head coaching position with the Pelicans.

Kerr and Gentry shared a lighthearted moment in the locker room following that 2015 NBA Finals, as Gentry already had accepted the job with New Orleans before the conclusion of the postseason. Kerr hit his friend with some playful trash talk, and quipped for security to remove him since he was no longer on the staff.

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Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

There has been an abundance of comparisons between Steph Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as of late, most of which are prisoner-of-the-moment takes based in ignorance.

Yes, Lillard has been absolutely incredible during the NBA restart in leading the Trail Blazers to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

No, he has not surpassed Curry as the best point guard in the game.

That said, Lillard arguably is closing the gap. And now, he has done something that no player other than Curry has accomplished in NBA history.

Lillard ended the regular season Thursday having shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range on 10.1 3-point attempts per game, becoming just the second player in league history to post that kind of efficiency on such high volume. Curry, of course, is the other, and he has done it twice.

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In his unanimous MVP season in 2015-16, Curry shot a ridiculous 45.4 percent from long distance on 11.2 3-point attempts per game. Then, in 2018-19, he made 43.7 percent of his 11.7 3-point attempts per contest.

And he just barely missed accomplishing the feat a third time.

In 2016-17, Curry shot 41.1 percent from 3-point land, but didn't attempt enough 3s to qualify.

He literally was one attempt short.

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So, technically, Lillard will only have to do it once more to match Curry. 

That is, unless Curry reminds everyone next season why he's the greatest shooter in NBA history.