Stat Reflects That Steph Curry Has Been Saving the Golden State Warriors From Yet Another Embarrassing Season

Published 03/06/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Feb 8, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles against San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors aren’t the team of the old, but Steph Curry is putting an inhuman effort night in and night out to keep them in playoff contention. The two-time league MVP has been vital in helping the Warriors scale success and they would just be a below-average team without him. 

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The Warriors are currently placed ninth in the Western Conference but have more work to do in the second half of the season. They really aren’t looking solid at the moment, but Curry’s hard work should be recognized, as Golden State would be in dire straits without him. 

The Warriors would be nowhere without Steph Curry on the team

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Dubs fans would have wonderful memories of winning the championship thrice in four years. That Golden State team was invincible, but that hasn’t been the case over the last couple of years.

Klay Thompson’s injury has derailed the team’s confidence, and Curry’s absence the previous season sent the team all the way to the bottom of the Western Conference. The Warriors quickly went from being finalists to a franchise-worst 15-win team. 

Stats depict that Golden State would find themselves in a similar situation if not for Curry’s heroics this season. Though it might be hard to believe, such has been the massive influence of Steph Curry on the Warriors team this year.

Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) sits on the court floor after being called for a foul against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“The Warriors’ point differential with Curry on the floor is around the range of a 48-win team (in a regular, 82-game season). It’s around the range of a 16-win team when Curry is off the floor,” Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey tweeted

Curry (25.2) also has one of the league’s best PER this season. He’s been deadly with his moves and as usual accurate from the three-point range. 

Does Curry have what it takes to make a deep playoff run with Golden State?

Absolutely, yes. It would be foolish to doubt the talent of a superstar who’s proven himself time and time again. Steph Curry is currently shaking up the league with his talent, and defenders can only watch and learn when they square up against him on the court. 

The Warriors are largely bolstered by Curry’s presence on the backcourt, but the supporting cast has not been fulfilling their duties. Andrew Wiggins was expected to be an effective replacement for Klay Thompson, but that hasn’t been the case so far. 

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Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors can’t sustain in the postseason if they don’t boast a consistent lineup. Draymond Green still has what it takes to be a leader on the floor, but they need scorers to complement Steph Curry. 

Unless the Warriors figure it out, they would have trouble playing higher-ranked teams. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, and the second half of the season is yet to unfold.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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