After Steph Curry delivered in both the 3-Point Contest and the All-Star Game during NBA's All-Star Weekend on Sunday, he provided a contender for the quote of the year.
"I have a lot to accomplish," Curry said. "I don’t have anything to prove."
It's a bold statement, but when you have two NBA MVP awards, three NBA championships and are regarded as one of the best shooters of all time, it's one you can make. And for Warriors coach Steve Kerr, it's one that's true.
"He’s exactly right," Kerr said to reporters during a video conference following the Warriors' practice Wednesday.
Curry has long been established as one of the most prolific players in NBA history. He is just a few days shy of 33, but the seven-time NBA All-Star is showing zero signs of slowing down. In his 12th NBA season, Curry is putting up MVP-caliber numbers and is seemingly defying age on the hardwood.
For Kerr, Curry's mindset is playing a big role in his stellar performance so far this season.
"Having that sense of comfort in your own skin to know you’ve accomplished so much, you don’t have to prove anything to anybody, and yet you still love the game, you still have a lot to offer, still lots ahead of you, I think that’s probably the most comfortable spot to be in," Kerr said.
"For Steph, what a great spot to be in," he added. "As a result, I think he’s playing at a really high level."
In the first half of the season, Curry averaged 29.7 points per game, good for fourth-best in the league, and his highest mark since the 2015-16 season. His 4.8 3-pointers per game tied CJ McCollum for the league lead. Even without Klay Thompson, Curry has kept the Warriors' afloat as the team vies for a playoff berth.
The Warriors (19-18) have a ways to go if they want to make the playoffs this season, but if Curry can keep up his first-half production, Golden State obviously will have a much better shot. He said it himself, he still has things he wants to accomplish. It's safe to assume another playoff run falls under that.