Warriors

Steph's importance to Warriors explained by stunning stat

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The Warriors have been fairly close to a one-man show through the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Steph Curry has been doing it all in his 12th NBA season, willing the Warriors to a 19-18 record after 37 games and thrusting himself into the MVP conversation despite the team's near-.500 record. His importance to the Warriors is further evidenced by this stat from Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey.

That is stark, but makes sense when you look at last season's results when both Steph and Klay Thompson missed basically the entire season. The Warriors won just 23.1 percent of their games in 2019-20, the franchise's worst mark since the 2000-01 season.

The Warriors' offensive rating also jumps by 12.2 points when Curry is on the floor this season, and the team's effective field goal percentage also is a full six points better, per Basketball-Reference. 

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Curry is averaging 29.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game, the most he's played per game since his second MVP season in 2015-16.

Draymond Green has been racking up assists like a point guard over the past month, but the Warriors haven't had another player outside of Curry be able to create his own shot and run the offense through them consistently.

Without his fellow Splash Brother in Thompson for the past two seasons, Steph has had to bear a great deal of responsibility and attention on offense.

 

This stat is just a blunt reminder of just how much responsibility is being undertaken by Curry on a nightly basis.

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