Steph Curry looks like he's turning back the hands of time this season.
The 32-year-old is leaving breathless defenders in his wake while ranking sixth in the league in scoring at 27.7 points per game. During his media session with reporters on Monday, Curry said he feels younger than his age.
Depending on who you ask and how old they are, “mid-20s” can be a vague definition. Ask the right 28-year-old and they’ll tell you they’re in their mid-20s. For objectivity’s sake, let’s take the middle three years of Steph’s nine-season, 20-something NBA era, beginning with his 2012-13 season and ending with his 2014-15 campaign.
Curry’s age 24-26 seasons also coincided with the rise of the Dubs’ dynasty, as he won his first NBA MVP in 2015, the same year the Warriors snapped their 40-year NBA title drought. During those three seasons, Curry averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting an incredible 44 percent from 3-point range.
Truth be told, Curry was a better scorer numbers-wise during his age 27-29 seasons that resulted in three straight title runs, when he averaged 27.4 points, 6.5 assists and five rebounds per game while shooting 43.1 percent from beyond the arc.
No matter how you slice his Hall of Fame career, there looks to be no drop-off for Curry this season. His jaw-dropping workout regimen has drawn attention this season and he looks spry as ever while running around the court and trying to find some space on the floor.
When you see Tom Brady still taking his team to the Super Bowl at 43 and LeBron James looking menacing as ever at 36, you have to wonder if we are entering a new era when it comes to athlete career expectancies. With so much new information, weight training and diet modifications becoming a part of sports over the past couple of decades, elite athletes seem to be extending their primes.
Curry, now in his 12th season with the Warriors, trails only the Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem when it comes to NBA player tenure with one team. If he can bring the Dubs back to the Finals like he did in his mid-20s, it would be a welcome flashback for Golden State.