Warriors Eliminated: Where does Stephen Curry Go From Here?
July 9, 2021 By khansa
It might seem all doom and gloom for the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry after their Play-in tournament loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last a few days ago.
However, things are not as bad as they appear. After a 2019-20 season in which they finished dead last in the Western Conference with just 15 wins and 50 losses, this season there has been a remarkable improvement.
Going from 15 wins in 2019/20 to a ninth-place finish in 2020/21 with 39 wins, the Warriors are on the way back. With Curry doing what he does from beyond the arc and Andrew Wiggins providing ample backup at times. Along with Jordan Poole showing improvement and knowing James Wiseman should improve after a difficult rookie season. Plus Draymond Green being the defensive beast he can be, Golden State is in a good place. Therefore why would Curry entertain an idea to leave?
Adding another 24 wins to their poor tally in 2019 is certainly eyebrow-raising and it shows. They seem to have turned a corner and that can only mean good things. Oh and let’s not forget there is a certain basketballer called Klay Thompson who is waiting in the wings and due to return next campaign too.
To jog people’s memory, Steph and Klay have won an NBA Championship together without a third star. The “Splash Brothers” defeated Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers team 4-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals. The Cavs had James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in their starting line-up and Golden State still defeated them four times.
Steph played all six games and averaged 26 points and six assists while Klay averaged 15 points. Now people could point to the fact that the Warriors had Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green to combat James and Kyrie hence why they won the title. However in 2021/22, Golden State will have Curry, Thompson, and Green still in the line-up and when you have two of the very best three-point shooters in history on the same team, you are going to be in a lot of games.
Then you add in the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Kevin Looney, suddenly the Warriors are a tricky proposition. Given the improvement that has been made throughout the last two seasons, Golden State can feel good about where they are currently at. With Stephen Curry at the forefront of everything the franchise does, they will always be in most games.
Then you add in a sharpshooter like Klay and now you have a team that can do some serious damage. Because the 2020/21 NBA Playoffs are still running, any NBA futures odds comparisons for the Warriors chances next season are not available but make no mistake, they are coming.
So where does Steph go from here? The answer is nowhere and back into training.
The improvement that the Warriors showed this year was incredible. To go from 15th (bottom) of the Western Conference with just 15 wins and then to jump up into ninth the following year with 39 wins is a great achievement. Plus it took a long hail mary from Lebron James to get over the line in their Play-in tournament last week. So the signs for Curry are in good shape heading into next season.